Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives (Little BWOs)
2. Mahogany Duns
3. Little Yellow Quills (Heptagenia Group)
4. Little Yellow Stoneflies
5. Needle Stoneflies
6. Slate Drakes
7. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
9. Ants (includes Flying Ants)
Here's My Excuse And I'm Sticking To It
Sorry for not having an article for the last two days. I just got caught between a rock
and a hard place. First, it was virus problems with the computer I use for managing
this website but I have also been faced with a huge task of photographing and getting
over a hundred new salmon and steelhead flies on both the Perfect Fly website and
the Perfect Fly store. Although you wouldn't know it, they are actually two separate
websites. This involves a lot of time consuming work and that's what I've been doing
for about 12 to 15 hours a day for the last few days. I have the new addition to the site
finished and online ready for orders but I still have a few minor problems to get
handled. There's also many pages of information articles on each fly that's incomplete.
As soon as I finish I will be on my way to Shenandoah National Park. I won't have but a
short time to get any fishing in, but I will be making a few cast on a small stream I have
yet to fish. That will be a welcome and needed short break for me.
Just about as soon as I return from Virginia, I will be adding more new product to our
Perfect Fly store. We have some new Perfect Fly Bass and Bream Leaders, tippet
material and some other non-fly product to add to the site. We will also be adding
some new bream and bass flies in the near future. I've been testing some of my new
patterns but the low, warm water condition prevented me from being able to obtain
much results. I need all of this finished during the next couple of months to avoid
getting into Angie's holiday season.
We're also slowly but steadily working on three new DVD programs. Two will be
released on Blu-ray as well as standard DVD. The other one is the "Basics of Fly
Fishing" program that I'm months late finishing. It will probably be the first of the year
before all three of these are released.
Stream and Weather Conditions:
Although I haven't been in the park in about three or more days, looking at the USGS
stream level data and the Little Pigeon River in person, from a water level standpoint,
I don't believe conditions could be much better than they are right now. The slightly
high water levels usually makes it easier to catch trout. That's because higher water is
also faster moving water and the faster the water, the easier it is to fool the trout.
They simply don't have very much time to examine your fly. It takes a lot of the
challenge out of fishing the small, mountain freestone streams. Under these
conditions many anglers say the fishing is good, but what they really mean is they can
get by with a lot of things that they can't get by with under lower water level conditions.
The trout don't start and stop eating based on the stream levels like many think. It
isn't the trout, it's that anglers start and stop catching based on their level of skills and
The weather couldn't be any nicer. It's cool and very pleasant to be outside. I kept
taking all my breaks from the computer by walking outside the past couple of days. It
was difficult to go back inside and work.
The forecast stays near the same for most of the week according to the National
Weather Service. A cold front will move through near the middle to the end of the
week and the high temperatures in the foothills will change from the mid to low
eighties to the mid-seventies. That will certainly feel like Autumn. That's more like
October weather than September weather. October and November are two of my
favorite months to fish the streams of the Smokies.