12/28/10
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 - My Comments Have Been Sent In

I sent my comments on the new Yellowstone native fish conservation plan in
yesterday. The more I read, the more concern I begin to have about it. I hope you
do the same and let them know what you think. I know many of you fish Yellowstone
Park waters as well as the Great Smoky Mountains. It should be of interest to
anyone that fishes any of Yellowstone's 2600 miles of water, or anyone who plans
on fishing there as well as those that care about what's around for their friends and
family to fish in the future. The "native fish/animal" restoration concept is planned
for all National Park and the Yellowstone plan may help set the stage for others.

My Comments To The Park Were Exactly What's In This Link Posted On My
Yellowstone Website


December In The Smokies
I have always placed the month of December rather high on the list of times to fish
the Smokies because the weather is usually nice most days of the month and the
fishing can be good. Of course, I also always warn it can be cold but those cold
spells usually don't last very long. I have even pushed the fact that you can often
catch trout on dry flies in December. It seems like this year, Mother Nature wanted
to show me just how wrong I could be. It has been very cold much longer than it has
during any of our six years of living here. When there's plenty of ice around the
edges of the streams in the water with slush drifting downstream in places, catching
a trout is very difficult, if even possible. It has been that way for a few days now.

The snow was exactly ten inches on our concrete driveway yesterday morning. It
seemed to be deeper than that in the yard but it's probably because of the grass of
drifts. We are on top of a foothill that's a little above most of Pigeon Forge near the
Spur. Of course, that's nothing compared to what everyone north of here got.

If the weather folks are right, things should warm up beginning today. As of right
now very early this morning, it is only 14 degrees outside but it is going to as high
as 38 today according to the forecast. Wednesday may reach 44, Thursday 49 with
rain beginning to appear. This all sounds good but I'm afraid it will also cause a
Southern Runoff. I'm sure the streams will rise, still be cold from melting snow and
be off color. New Year's day may be as high as 58, so maybe conditions will change
back to normal in a short time. There's a lot of snow in the mountains and I'm not
sure just how long that will keep the stream temperature down low. Its still too early
to tell.

There must be a million people in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. It's as crowded as I
have ever seen it. It will stay that way until after New Years Day. I hope there are not
many of the visitors wanting to fish the park. It doesn't look good the next two or
three days but maybe it will be better this coming weekend. I'm sure that's not the
main reason people are here by the thousands but I can just picture some of the
men wanting to escape the shopping, parades and all day pancake eating events to
get out in the park to hike or fish. I don't want to offend anyone, but
this has to be
the obese capital of the World.
Except to eat, I haven't quite figured out why they
are all here.. I know the hundreds of stores are all jam packed and that's probably
the reason. If you come this way, use the bypass highway.

Copyright 2010 James Marsh