06/24/10
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
6.    Sulphurs
7.    Little Yellow Stoneflies -Yellow Sallies
8.    Slate Drakes
9.    Light Cahills
10.  Little Green Stoneflies
11.  Golden Stoneflies
12.  Cream Cahills
13.  Ants
14.  Inchworms
15.  Beetles
16.  Grasshoppers
17.  Hellgrammite
18.  Cranefly
19.  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)

Outlook for the Smokies for the Next Few Days
As you probably already know, the weather is going to remain very hot in the
Smokies for the next few days. High temperatures for the next four days is expected
to be in the low nineties with very warm nights. That means the water temperature in
the lower elevations is probably going to be too warm to fish unless it is very early in
the morning. The streams in the mid elevations will be marginal and you should pay
close attention by measuring the water temperature prior to fishing.

There's about a forty percent chance of rain this afternoon but then it falls to about
a thirty percent chance over the weekend. Keep in mind that forecast is for
Gatlinburg and often not very accurate for the majority of the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park. Normally, the forest itself helps create localized
thunderstorms which helps keep the mountains wet and the streams with water.
Remember that a graphite fly rod is a great lightning rod. You don't want to be
holding one when lightning is flashing nearby.

Again, measure the water temperature. Don't guess at it because you cannot tell
the difference in water that is 64 degrees and water that is 69 degrees, for example.
That can make a big difference to the trout. The amount of dissolved oxygen in
water is inversely proportional to the temperature of the water.
If the water
temperature is as high as 68 degrees F., I recommend you move to a higher
location.
You could kill any fish you catch and you will also find the trout begin to
become slightly lethargic at that temperature. The streams in the high elevations
should be in good condition, especially if they are highly shaded and fall on a steep
decline. The greater the decline, the more plunges and riffles there will be. This
adds helps increase the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water and keeps the
trout in better condition and more interested in feeding.  You should be able to
catch lots of trout if you fish the right locations and of course, use good strategies
and techniques.


Gulf of Oil Report
As most of you have probably noticed, I stopped writing about  the disaster in the
Gulf of Mexico, soon to become a disaster for the entire nation, a couple of weeks
ago. First of all, it really makes me physically sick, not to mention emotionally upset.
I wonder how long it will be before others can enjoy the great fishing trips that I was
able to take over a period of many years, sometimes several days in a row. I have
fished throughout the entire Gulf of Mexico. It was home for over thirty years.

Although I warned about such a disaster in the first instructional video I ever
produced entitled "Fishing the Gulf of Mexico" in the mid 80's, I was worried about
hurricanes more so than complete irresponsible actions by the oil companies. I just
assumed the dozens and dozens of government agencies armed with several times
the number of employees necessary to perform their duties would keep an extra eye
out for errors and mistakes, especially when it came to potential disasters. I realize
now, years later, it was stupid of me to make such an assumption. I should have
known that the root of all evil, money, would be the most important factor to the oil  
companies and that those making their easy living off the tax payers who were far
more concerned about paydays than responsibilities would pay little attention to
anything else. When I was young, in general, I had great respect for my elders and
those that ran our great country. The older I got, the more I realized most of those
running the country were far less smarter than I should have ever giving them credit
for being; and far more greedy and self centered than I ever imagined. I heard all
my life that many politicians were crooks but I didn't believe it until later in life when I
realized it was a fact.

The dog and pony shows you see every day on TV, written, produced and
promoted by the people who are supposed to be running the country and reported
by a news media that is supposed to not have a direct self interest, are as outright
sickening as the crooks they are supposed to be dealing with. Although it is
common, any politician attempting to capitalize from a disaster mainly for purposes
of promoting a particular political agenda should be charged with a crime, in my
opinion. I get just as sick about that as the oil spill.

I do want to mention something a close friend (who I will not mention by name) who
is directly connected to key people in charge of the disaster brought to my attention
a few days ago. Hurricanes are fueled by warm water. In pure layman's terms, that is
what starts them and what keeps them going strong. The warmer the water, the
stronger they can become. The dark colored oil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico
is increasing the surface temperature. I don't know just how much it warms the water
and I haven't checked the satellite water temps but it has to effectively increase it at
least some.

When a hurricane is crossing over warm water, it is picking up moisture from the
water it is crossing. I also know they usually have several tornadoes embedded
within them or at least skirting along the boundaries of them. I have lived through
one and it will be the last one I will live through or die in.

Several questions come to mind. Will the dark oil surface increase the strength of a
hurricane if one comes into the Gulf? Could one start in the Gulf, especially
considering the added heat? Would the storm actually pick up the oil particles?
Would it pick up the oily skim (for lack of a better word)?

We all know the Gulf's hurricanes usually bring strong storms to at least parts of the
Southeast. I remember being in Huntsville Alabama in September of 1979, when the
wind was over 80 mph from Hurricane Fredrick.

Could it rain oil in Great Smoky Mountains National Park from a Gulf
hurricane?
I'm not trying to alarm anyone but I really don't know the answer to my
question. This question was brought up by someone who knows as much about oil
spills as anyone.

Sorry I got carried away, I will get back to

Cream Cahills - Part 2

tomorrow