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)
12. Great Brown Autumn Sedge
Regarding Those Leaves
"The leaves that fall in the Fall can cause you to fall", James Marsh
You can step on some beautiful leaves on a sloping boulder, rounded by centuries of
wind and rain, and in a split-second find your lying on your back looking straight up at
the blue sky.
Leaves can get caught on your dry fly so often it will force you to fish a nymph, that is,
until you discover even more are getting caught on your nymph.
Leaves can get caught on a fly so often it can cause the half hearted, mediocre
anglers to stop fishing and go home to watch football on the tube, or excuse me, new
3D, hi-def LCD.
The final insult may come when you make a beautiful cast at a huge trout only to
discover your fly lands in the perfect position with a leaf on the hook. Yes, you can
hook falling leaves in mid air.
You can plan on scouting for large brown trout along Little River only to discover
there's a family of four (six if you count the Grand parents) at every pull off along Little
River Road. You can rest assured they will be standing on the highest overlook,
gazing at the beautiful falling leaves in full view of every trout in the stream - that is
before they headed for cover..
You can sneak up on a huge brown trout, get ready to make the perfect presentation
to catch her, only to jump out of your skin when a leaf looker approaches you from the
rear and yells out to ask, "are there really fish in these tiny streams?".
You can get off the beaten path below Elkmont Campground, discover a huge brown
trout just begging to be caught, but only to look up to see a bright, yellow kayak is
rounding the bend at thirty knots in the white water headed into the pool the huge
You can put your waders on, step into the stream on the leaf covered bottom and
suddenly discover that you stepped on a deep pile of leaves in four feet of water,
frightened every trout in the stream, and almost drowned..
Finally, you can give up fishing in the leaves only to go home and hear your wife
complain that your the only one on the street that hasn't raked the leaves in the yard.
If that's already history, you can sing along with Brad Pasley, "I'm sure gona miss her".
Copyright 2011 James Marsh