11/29/10
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3.    Great Autumn Brown Caddisfly
4.    Midges


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New "Perfect Fly" Stream Guide on East Hawksbill Creek in Virginia
The East Hawksbill Creek is one of several streams that flow from the mountains in
the Shenandoah National Park. While I do not want to get into all of these many
streams on our Smoky Mountains National Park website, I will show a couple of them
to give you an idea as to how it compares to the streams in the Smokies.

The bottom line to it as I see it, is that you have to do a lot more hiking in rough
terrain to catch brook trout in Shenandoah than you do the Smokies. There are a
few streams, such as the Rapidian River, where you can drive fairly close to where
you can catch brook trout but it's only a few. Most of them require very difficult hikes
to get to their better sections of water. Of course, the same thing is also true of the
Smokies, Our experience shows that in general, it takes more effort to catch brook
trout in Shenandoah that it does the Smokies. The brook trout run larger there but
keep in mind, they are not exactly the same brook trout. The Shenandoah ones are
the Northern brook trout, not the Appalachian brook trout that are in the Smokies.

Check out East Hawksbill Creek in Shenandoah

Check out the Rapidian River in Shenandoah

Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions
In short, the weather isn't going to be so cold for the next few days, but more rain is
in the forecast. The worst part about the weather today will be the wind. It will be
gusting as high as 30 mph. I don't exactly like being in the woods when the wind is
gusting that much but I have done it all my life. This is a do as I say, not as I do.

The streams have all dropped back down to more normal levels. One thing worth
noting is that the weather forecasters are saying 80% chance of showers instead of
rain. That makes a big difference. You should be able to fish most of the time
insofar as the wet stuff is concerned. Tuesday could turn out to be good provided
we get showers and not heavy rain, and provided the wind settles down some
tomorrow. The water temperatures should be fine.

Copyright 2010 James Marsh