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)
Fly Fishing Strategies - Which Flies To Use - Coming Week
As I expected, the National Weather Service and AccuWeather disagree as to the amount of rain
we will get in the Smokies. Both changed their forecast for moderate chances of rain for the
middle of this week to 100 percent. They seem to always do that. In other words, whether or not
the streams will get too high to wade again is a "wait and see" proposition.
Little River has just fell back in the safe wading limit but the streams on the North Carolina side
of the park and even the Little Pigeon River (going from observation, not data) are too high for
safe wading. Just how much more rain we get tonight, Wednesday and Wednesday night is the
big question in my mind. I should also note that the rain/snow forecast for this weekend has
been changed to pure snow by the National Weather Service.
Of the above listed insects, the Winter Stoneflies and Midges still represent the majority of what's
about to hatch or actually hatching. If the water gets a little off-color from rain, and that's very
likely, or it gets high and dingy, streamers imitating sculpin, minnows and batifish may be your
best option again.
The strategy I'm recommending is to start out with a Winter Stonefly nymph in the mornings
and stick with it with these exceptions. In low light situations, meaning early and late in the day,
or during heavily overcast or cloudy conditions that are likely, use a streamer. I would prefer
either the Perfect Fly Brown Sculpin or White Belly Sculpin, depending on water color.
If the water gets fairly dingy or stained, switch to the Yellow Marabou Sculpin. The only other changes I
would suggest making is that if you see any Winter Stoneflies dropping their eggs on the water, switch to an
This weekend looks like Winter Stoneflies and midges will be your best shot. Streamers don't work that well
in water in the high thirties and low forties and I think that's what your going to be dealing with.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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