09/12/10
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives (See Below)
2.    Mahogany Duns
3.    Little Yellow Stoneflies
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)

Tips On Fishing High Water:
I am writing this before I have actually seen any of the streams in the park since
yesterday's heavy rain, so I am not sure just how much the streams (other than
Little River) have risen. Little River is rolling big time at 280 cfs. I would guess most
of the other streams in the park are in the same relative condition. That's too bad
for those who chose this weekend to fish, although part of yesterday may have
been a productive.

The following tips probably won't be appropriate for the streams at this particular
time but if not, they soon will be. The water should be dropping fast. The water table
is very low, so I doubt it will take very long for the streams to return to their normal
levels. These tips, along with 90% of all of them I give, are off the top of my head,
so don't expect all the ies to be doted.

First of all, be careful wading. If you are not certain about wading or have any
questions in your mind about wading, don't wade. Currents can be very deceptive,
so be careful.

You can't go wrong fishing a streamer during high water conditions even if you are
fishing from the bank. Imitations of the large stonefly nymphs also work well during
high water conditions. Most mayfly nymphs are very small this time of the year but
Giant Black and Golden Stonefly nymphs live for more than a year. There are
plenty of these larger nymphs in the streams.

Use what I call the fly fishing version of "flippin". Standing on the bank, in an area
clear enough to cast, of course, make a short side arm cast (or flip) almost directly
upstream about 12 to 16 feet. I usually shoot about three or four feet of the fly line.
The fly will head back in your direction at a fast clip if it is placed directly in heavy
current. You want to try to get it near the breaks in the current near the bank. This
all depends on the stream condition, of course, but the idea is to present the
streamer to trout along the banks that are looking for food. Strip some line back in
and raise you rod tip high as the streamer passes your position to keep the slack
line out and allow the fly to continue downstream along the bank. You should be
able to detect the strikes by feel.

If the water is heavily stained or off color very much, use a yellow or chartreuse
color streamer. Black streamers also produce well in off-color water.

In some cases it may be more of a matter of getting the fly directly in front of a
trout's nose than anything. A lot of short cast are far better than a few long ones.
You can feel the fly much better and the short cast helps you keep the fly from
getting hung up on things you can't see in the dingy water.

The small, headwater streams will be the first ones to get back to near their normal
levels. If the water is high throughout all the park's streams, you may want to try
some of the small streams. They may well be your only choice.

Water draining into the stream from areas outside of the stream usually brings lots
of food with it. Terrestrial insects such as beetles and ants are easily washed into
the streams from draining high water conditions. Using an imitation of either of these
two insects isn't a bad idea, especially in locations where you find these types of
small drainages.

Copyright 2010 James Marsh