Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. BWOs (Little BWOs)
3. Little Winter Stoneflies
Most available/ Other types of food:
4. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
This Week's Featured Trout Food - Smoky Mountain Trout Flies?
If you listened to some fly shop experts and some local anglers, you would soon be coached into
thinking that the trout in the streams of Great Smoky Mountains National Park feed on
hair and feathers rather than insects and other foods that are in the streams.
Let me explain this a different way. I've always been amazed at the lack of concern among
local anglers for the Little Black Caddis hatch that takes place in late winter each year
at about the same time the Quill Gordon and Blue Quill hatch occurs. It isn't only ignored,
the few that know a caddisfly from a mayfly actually think they are not important to imitate.
That isn't the only insect ignored by local anglers. In general, little is known about most of the
aquatic insects in the streams of the southern Appalachian Mountains as compared to most other
areas of the nation with trout streams. In fact, many anglers refer to "smoky mountain trout
flies" as if they are actually different from the flies anglers should use fishing other streams
with the same insects. There really isn't such a thing as a Smoky Mountain Trout fly.
The flies you need to catch trout in the Smokies are the exact same flies you need
to catch trout in many other eastern freestone trout streams, the majority of which have the
same species of insects.
Flies should imitate insects and other foods the trout eat. The trout in the Smokies don't
feed on hair and feathers. If they had to hold in the current waiting on a Yellowhammer woodpecker to
lose a feather that falls in the water for them to eat, they would all starve to death.
Here are some other Smoky Mountain fishing tips:
1. You don't have to use the old, so-called, Smoky Mountain trout flies, or fish from a model T
Ford. Flies that actually resemble the real things trout eat are more effective and the newer vehicles are
more reliable than the antique automobiles.
2. You don't have to fry the trout you catch. We have Captain D's and Red Lobsters. We have
restaurants that serve hatchery raised trout.
3. You don't have to fish with a bamboo rod made of Tokin Cane from China or a substitute of it.
You should admire those that do prefer to have a bamboo rod as an added handicap.
4. You don't have to kill a Yellowhammer Woodpecker to tie your own flies. It is against the Fed. law.
5. You don't have to drink moonshine to fish the park. Alcohol beverages are illegal in the park.
6. Adams flies don't hatch in the Smokies. Mr. Adams died years ago. He was born, not hatched.
7. You don't have to buy something from a local fly shop to get their hot tips on where to fish. I
can assure their suggestion for the best spot will be somewhere fairly near their shop.
8. You don't need a guide to fish the Smokies. If you are worried about getting lost, a handheld GPS
receiver is less expensive and more reliable.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
New Schedule of Daily Articles
Mondays: Weather and Stream Conditions
Forecast - Coming Week
Tuesdays: Fly Fishing Strategies - Which
Flies To Use - Coming Week
Wednesday: Fishing Tales
Thursday: Smoky Mountains Fishing Report
Friday: Getting Started
Saturday: Fly Fishing School
Sunday: This Week's Featured Trout Food
More Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us with the dates you will be
fishing the park and we will send
you a list of our fly suggestions.
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2. Call us at 800-594-4726 and we
will help you decide which flies you
3. Call or email us with a budget for
flies and we will select them and get
them to you in time for your trip.
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