Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Cinnamon Sedges (Caddisflies) (Abrams Creek)
3. Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
4. Little Sister Caddisflies (Abrams Creek)
5. Eastern Pale Evening Duns
7. Little Yellow Stoneflies -Yellow Sallies
8. Slate Drakes
9. Light Cahills
10. Little Green Stoneflies
11. Golden Stoneflies
18. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
Current Stream Conditions in the Smokies
I haven't had much of an opportunity to fish this past week. I made only two
short trips into the park. I'm not exactly sure how I got myself into this no fish
situation but I promised myself it won't last long.
Yesterday, I started just inside the park on the Little Pigeon River just outside
of Gatlinburg. It was the middle of the day, very hot and of course, I didn't see
anything hatching. I fished our "Perfect Fly" Slate Drake Nymph and
managed to catch two rainbows in the first thirty minutes. Both of these came
from below short plunges.
Moving upstream from there to the Chimney Picnic Area, I was able to do the
exact same thing. The thing that didn't fall into place like I wanted it to was
that I didn't catch a large brook trout. Both Angie and I have caught several
large ones in this area. She has caught two or three over ten inches and
about four years ago, one that measured eleven and a quarter inches in the
same location. By the way, this all took place when the picnic area was
packed with people, fishing not exactly inside the area, but very close by.
From there I drove up to the Walkers Camp Prong and stopped at a location
right along the highway. With solid traffic passing behind me, I managed to
catch a small rainbow and two small brook trout in about 45 minutes. Those
came on our "Perfect Fly Beetle", in size 16. The entire fishing expedition
took only about three hours.
The water temperatures in the lower section of Little Pigeon River was
probably approaching the "you shouldn't fish" level. I didn't carry my fly vest
(left it in the car) and didn't take the water temperature but I feel fairly sure it
was approaching the high sixties if not already there. It was some cooler in
the Chimneys Picnic area and even cooler in Walkers Camp Prong.
You should take a thermometer and keep a close check on the
temperatures. My suggestion is that if it is sixty-five degrees F. or higher,
move upstream a few miles. The water will probably continue to get a little
warmer each day. Also, even though I didn't check any of the other streams in
the park, I would think a few of them may be a little on the low side. I prefer
that situation but if and only if rain is on the way. Although I like to fish the low
water, it does always make me become concerned about a drought situation.
I doubt anyone will get over the situation three/four years ago.
All in all, the stream conditions are in good shape and you should be able to
catch a lot of trout very easily if you pay attention to the water temperature.
Yellowstone National Park:
If you have your own jet, I would jump in it and head to Yellowstone Park right
now. Conditions in the Madison River Valley have improved greatly and the
Firehole River is in perfect shape right now. Of course, most all the other
streams aren't but if you like fishing the Firehole River, and we certainly do,
now is a perfect time to be there. Keep a check on our website:
We have recently added some more stream sections in our Perfect Fly
website on the streams of Yellowstone. Here's the new four page section
added on the Firehole River.