09/09/10
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.    Needle Stoneflies
6.    Little Yellow Quills
7.    Ants
8.    Inchworms
9.    Beetles
10.  Grasshoppers
11.  Hellgrammite
12.  Craneflies
13.  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)


Excellent Fishing Conditions In The Smokies

Although some anglers will continue to complain and even make excuses using the
current low water conditions in the streams in Great Smoky Mountains National
Park, I consider the overall fishing conditions for this time of the year excellent. As I
have said many times before, I actually enjoy fishing the low water conditions. It's a
little more difficult to fish low water. You have to pay more attention to your
presentations and keep hidden a little more than you do when the streams are
rolling faster. I have been writing about this for the past couple of days. One thing I
like about low water is that it is much easier to get around in the streams.

The weather forecast calls for a good chance of rain for the next several days, so
that may eliminate the only thing some anglers can complain about. Temperature
wise, the forecast for the next several days couldn't be better for this time of the
year. I remind you this isn't Fall. This is still Summer. The water temperatures will be
just fine in the mid to high elevations throughout the day. The lower elevations may
be okay, especially if you fish early in the mornings. Assuming we don't get any
heavy rainfall amounts and high water conditions, anyone that complains about the
conditions for the next few days is just someone digging deep down for an excuse.

I was out of town yesterday, but it appears it rained some in the Pigeon Forge area.
I left just after daylight yesterday morning and visited my mother in Guntersville
Alabama. I passed through some heavy rainfalls in the Knoxville area. It could be
that some streams got plenty of rain and some didn't. The posted amounts for the
park won't appear until later on today. One thing I noticed yesterday when I left was
there were very few people at the motels. I was happy about that since it has been
very crowded for months it seems. That lasted only a few hours. When I returned
late yesterday afternoon, Pigeon Forge was jamb packed again. I should have used
the bypass. There's a big car show just starting and that's part of the reason I
guess.

The Up Coming Fall Season:
Many anglers put their fly rods up for the season when school starts back, football
games begin, hunting season gets underway and some, just because they think the
best of the year's fishing is over. While I am not  going to condemn anyone that
prefers any of these other activities, I do want to remind everyone that if you are not
fishing during the Fall season in the Smokies, you are missing out on what I
consider as good of a time as you can fish the Smokies. I want go so far as to say
that it's a better time than the Spring season but I do think it is at least equal to it.

Those who like to categorize fishing as "good", "poor", "great", etc., strictly in terms
of how easy it is to catch trout, would probably disagree. As many of you know, I
despise that approach or categorization of fishing. I don't think fishing is necessarily
any better because it is easy. If that was the case, I would only fish heavily stocked
streams. Such categories are for those who don't take fishing very seriously.

Strictly in terms of quantity or quality of fish caught, I don't see much difference in
fishing during the Fall or the Spring. I always get a big kick out of those anglers that
fish during the Spring (when fishing is quote "Excellent") when hatches are going full
blast and conditions are obviously as perfect as they possible could be, coming up
with excuses for not catching very many trout. It gets comical at times. The most
common excuse usually goes like this - "It's still a day or two early" or the most  
comical one, "I was fishing behind someone else all day long".

Copyright 2010 James Marsh