12/21/10

Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3.    Midges

Yellowstone National Park - New Native Fish Conservation
Plan
Yellowstone National Park has just released its new plan for native fish
conservation. I am sure some of you fish Yellowstone waters and there are probably
plenty of others that would like to one day.

Although the plan is quite detailed, if you study it a little you can get to the important
things you may be interested in. If you fish the waters of Yellowstone and you want
your children and future generations to enjoy what you have been able to enjoy and
what God put there, then you should be interested in this plan. It can have a huge
effect on the park's native and non-native fish populations as well as the entire
future of fishing in the park.

I encourage everyone interested in Yellowstone National Park to read it and provide
the park with your input regardless of how unimportant you think your opinion on
something may be. Remember, it's your park just as much as anyone else. That
includes park employees, people living nearby and any other interested party. If you
are a United States citizen, it's your park.

Here's all the Details of the New Plan

Smoky Mountain Fishing Conditions and Outlook
The forecast calls for about a 50% chance of rain today. Wednesday will be cold
with a high around 43 and down to about 25 Wednesday night. Thursday may see
some higher temperatures during the day. Christmas Eve should be a little warmer
with more chances of rain. It may be the best day for fishing if the forecast holds up.
For Saturday, Christmas Day, it should be snowing. Isn't that what's always
supposed to happen?

The bottom line is that if any of you take the opportunity to fish this week, you better
pull out all your cold weather tactics. Remember to fish the slow moving water, not
the fast water. Also remember slow moving water may well be in holes or deeper
areas in the bottom beneath fast water as well as in deep, calm pockets behind
large boulders that are located in fast water. Trout will not hold any length of time in
fast, extremely cold water.

Use small nymphs or midges, not large ones. The big brown trout will take small
nymphs just as well or better than large ones and you won't be eliminating the
average size rainbows and browns. Some anglers have a tough time recognizing
that large trout will take small flies. They can only think large flies means large trout.
That's a big basic mistake not just a few, but most mediocre anglers make. You can
catch some on large flies but you will catch more on small flies in cold water. Small
flies presented in slow moving water is the key to bettering your odds of success.
The streams are loaded with small nymphs and larvae this time of the year.

Copyright 2010 James Marsh