08/16/10
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives (See Below)
2.    Mahogany Duns
3.    Little Yellow Stoneflies - Summer Stones
4.    Slate Drakes
5.    Ants
6.    Inchworms
7.    Beetles
8.    Grasshoppers
9.    Hellgrammite
10.  Cranefly
11.  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
12.  Cream Cahills


Current Conditions In The Smokies:
It will remain hot today and tomorrow, but not as hot as it has been. The
temperatures should reach about ninety in Gatlinburg. The hot weather is predicted
to gradually decrease with it only making it into the high eighties for the rest of the
week. Nights will also be a little cooler which will really help the water temperatures.
These temperatures will still be slightly above normal but we will take what we can
get. That didn't come out right. I should say, thank you God, we are just great with
whatever weather you bring to us.

One thing going great for me this week, is two of my best friends will arrive today to
fish with me this week. Shelly and Frank Johnson, owners of Mold-Craft Products of
Pompano Beach, Florida. I should say residents of Montana because they have
been out West for a couple of months now. It's going to be difficult for me to keep
them entertained fish wise after having fished there for two months. On the way
back, they stopped on the White River in Arkansas where Frank caught 18 rainbow
trout just day before yesterday. They are also big hunters and gun people, so they
have been practicing their shots all over the West too.

I have know Frank for over thirty years. He is one of the best known saltwater
anglers in the World, and when I say World, I really mean World.
Mold-Craft
Products makes the famous "Soft-Head Line" of big game fishing lures. Frank has
never been copied for one simple reason. The equipments in his manufacturing
plants cost a few million dollars. It would take a very big move by anyone to try to
copy him making fishing lures. He is a previous aircraft design engineer and was
able to design and help build the equipment in his large plant. Frank's son, Frank
Johnson, Jr., runs the business now. He was a major sponsor of my TV shows and
videos for many years.

Frank grew up trout fishing because he is originally from the Catskill area of New
York. He is also a good flats fly fisherman and spends a lots of time in the Keys on
his flats boat. Angie and I have been blessed to be able to fish with him there for an
entire week. I have been blessed to fish with him all over the Eastern Hemisphere
from the Cayman Islands to his home in South Florida. He taught me much of what I
know about big game fishing, something I spent a solid twenty years doing. He also
introduced me to the World's most famous and the best big game anglers, all of
which have blessed me with trips all over the Eastern Hemisphere.

Shelly Johnson is Frank's better half as well as V. P. of Mold-Craft. She is a great
lady angler that worked a few years for Guy Harvey, a good friend of ours. Frank is
the one who got Guy to start adding color to his black ink pen drawings. I have two
of guys original drawings of the 'Hooker" owned by Jerry Dunaway, who at the time
held more world records on big game than anyone in the world. Guy did the two
paintings for the cover of two of my DVDs on sail fishing in Costa Rica. I wouldn't
take ten grand for either of them and that is probably devaluing them. This would of
never happened if it were not for Frank and Shelley. Dr. Guy Harvey was a
professor of marine biology at the University of Jamaica and later became the
World's best marine artist. You have seen his work all over the World and his
T-shirts, hats, books, prints, etc., in about every fishing shop that exist.. You have
probably watched his incredible TV show where he like to jump in the water with
huge black marlin and sharks to film them under water.

Shelley is the best lady big game fishing angler I have ever met or fished with. She
is a walking, talking fishing encyclopedia. She spent a day with me several years
ago just prior to a national championship saltwater fishing tournament held in Ft.
Lauderdale I had qualified for. Although I had caught lots of sailfish before that, I
had never done all the rigging, mating and running the boat, in other words all the
other work that it takes and the things necessary to fish the SAA championship
tournament. I usually had mates and experienced crews along that did that and I
strictly served as the angler. There is a huge difference. Thanks to Shelly, who was
not allowed to fish with me during the actual tournament, I learned enough that I was
able to get my sailfish within the first hour of fishing on the first day of the
tournament and move on to other species.

Shelly and Frank will arrive this afternoon. If they are not too tired from the long trip,
we will start fishing late today or if not, tomorrow. I want to introduce them to the
great fly fishing we have in this area. I guess we will have to start with the native
brook trout. With the weather cooling down, I hope we can get into some of the mid
to low elevation streams before the week is over. I can't wait for them to get here.

New "Perfect Fly" Stream Section on Maine's Roach River:
Check out our new four page section on the this stream. We will have several more
new releases on Maine's trout streams coming soon.  

Basics Series - Top Tips On Fly Fishing For Trout In The Smokies

To be continued.


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