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
11. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
12. Cream Cahills
I'm tired and late getting up from driving in the rain yesterday afternoon so this
report on taking my guest fishing yesterday will be short. One thing I have learned
producing the weather DVD I have been working off and on for months, is that
clouds can tell you a lot. Yesterday morning as I was driving to pick Shelley and
Frank up at their motor home to go fishing, I noticed that the cumulonimbus clouds
had already begin to form at 9:00 AM over the Smoky Mountains. That means it's
going to rain within the next few hours at the latest. We had enough of rain in the
Smokies the day before.
I had checked the weather reports and noticed less rain was expected up near
Bristol. I had also checked our local tailwaters so I would have a backup for the
mountains. The water levels looked good in the mountains but we didn't want to fish
in the rain. This morning it appears I made a good decision not fishing in the park. I
wouldn't have minded it because I don't mind fishing in the rain as long as it don't
rain heavily and for a long time. I didn't want my guest to encounter the same thing
two days in a row.
The South Holston was selected as our destination even though I knew they would
be sluicing. It was flowing at about 660 and all the fly fisherman were sitting on the
banks or the back of their vehicles when we arrived. There were two guys fishing
from the bank. I was able to wade, although it wasn't exactly easy and not any fun,
but Frank is not quite as used to it as I am. Shelley waded for a few minutes but
fighting the strong current was tiring and a little too much for her. I just thought it
would be better than sitting in the SUV in the rain in the park. I still put them in a
situation I shouldn't have put them in. That discharge rate is better for drift boats
than wading. That's what I dislike about what I refer to as "part time trout streams".
That's all tailwaters, not a reflection against the South Holston. It's a great trout
stream and one of the best in the South for certain.
We still had a good time and decided to return to Pigeon Forge to spend some time
at home with Angie enjoying the rest of the day. Frank did manage to catch one
trout from the bank. They will be back next May for the entire month and want to
rent a cabin on the water for that month, by the way.
Little Yellow Quill Nymphs:
It's that time of the year when the Little Yellow Quills start to hatch in the high
elevations. These mayflies are usually confused with Light Cahills by most anglers.
At this point in time, until you start seeing the duns it is best to fish imitations of the
nymph. It's normally about the first to as late as the middle of September before
they get to hatching good but it also depends on the elevation and of course, the
weather. They start in the little brook trout streams in the high elevations and slowly
progress down to the middle elevations. For some reasons, you only see a few, if
any, in the lower elevation streams.
Like most clinger mayfly nymphs, the Little Yellow Quill nymphs stay well hidden until
they are getting ready to hatch. At that time you will start seeing them exposed in
the shallow pockets in the fast water riffles, if you get down close to the water and
look carefully. They normally come out of their hiding places out from under the
rocks about a week or two before they begin to hatch. At that time, you can catch
the trout about as fast as its possible to catch them on imitations of the nymphs.
In the small streams, we normally fish them without any added weight and without
any indicator for sure. If the water is normal or high you may want to add a very
small split shot a few inches above the fly.
Copyright 2010 James Marsh