Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
2. Little Winter Stoneflies
3. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
"Fly Fishing Strategies - What Fly To Use - Part 25"
I see that the mountains got more rain than the quarter inch the National Weather Service
predicted. I also noticed that they dropped the rainfall amounts predicted from the condensed
version of the forecast. It's funny how that happens only when they miss the amounts forecast.
As of now, the flows are still okay for wading and things are just fine. They also dropped the rain
for today and show it starting again tonight. I hope that break in the rain will give the streams a
chance to recede a little because another inch or two of rain added at this point wouldn't be
good. As usual, everything is on the borderline and difficult to predict for this coming weekend at
this time. My guess is the streams will remain in good shape and the cold weather forthcoming will
return things to normal for this time of the year.
Yesterday, I provided a strategy through Wednesday for the prevailing warm spring-like weather.
As far as flies are concerned, the strategy for this weekend will be about the same, but the trout
will return to the slower flowing water out of the main currents in the deeper pockets, holes in the
bottom of the runs, and the slower water of the pools. The problem will again become finding the
trout. As I have been writing now for some time in the fishing cold water series, catching trout
hiding out of the current in isolated areas of the deeper water isn't easy. If your not careful in
identifying those locations in the streams, you'll be fishing water void of trout most of the time.
When that happens, most anglers start changing flies, changing locations to other streams and
doing about everything but what they need to be doing.
This strategy series is something else. I gave it little thought when I started writing it 25 weeks
ago. I didn't think about what it would involve, I just started putting in writing a few of the things I
take into consideration before I fish the park at the particular time. Writing some of it down has
probably become more interesting to me than anyone that reads it.
One more week, or the 26th week, will represent half of an entire year. The next month and a half
will represent the period there's the least hatches that occur but also the time there's more food
in the water for the trout to eat than any other time of the year. I'll repeat that. The next
couple of months, there will be more food in the streams of the Smokies than there will
be at any other time of the year. The reason is because there are very few hatches that will
take place. After aquatics hatch, or more correctly stated, after they emerge from the streams as
adults (eggs hatch), they start a new generation by mating and depositing their eggs and die. So,
during the next few weeks, you will be fishing streams that are full of food for the trout to eat, but
with only a few exceptions, not as adults and not on the surface of the water. They streams are
now and will continue to be full of growing nymphs and larvae. The trout will not require as much
food as normal to survive because of the cold water. This is nature's way of providing a balanced
amount of food (in the case of native fish species) throughout the year.
There will be at least six more weeks where hatch-wise, Little Winter Stoneflies and Midges will be
about the only significant insects to (hatch) emerge. Then, depending on the varying weather
conditions at the time, things begin to change. Within two to three months from now, the problems
becomes more of determining how to handle the multiple hatches. That's the time it always
gets interesting to me because many of the anglers who put their fly fishing gear up for
the year, hear and read all the sells hype about the "fishing is good" push, drag their
gear and flies out, and head for the Smokies. Almost always, for at least March through May,
its about three-forth stories of disappointments and one-forth success stories from visiting
anglers. As a general rule, most locals really don;t have any better success than the visiting
anglers. You would never know it though. The difference is they have a long list of canned
excuses for their lack of success.
The fishing is always good. It's the fishers that don't always do a good job of
"catching" that's the problem. .
Copyright 2012 James Marsh