Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1.    BWOs (Little BWOs)
2.    Midges
3.    Little Winter Stoneflies
4.    Little Brown Stoneflies
5.    Quill Gordons
6.    Blue Quills
7.    Little Black Caddis

Most available - Other types of food:
8.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)

Smoky Mountains Fishing Report

Two or three days during the past week, the weather and stream conditions were good for fly fishing Great
Smoky Mountains National Park. The temperature in the foothills reached as high as 60 degrees. Water in
the lowest elevations of the park that trout exist in reached near 50 degrees a couple of afternoons. Since
the average temperature during the fall and first half of the winter months has been a little above average,
the aquatic insects are a little ahead of the normal schedule. Keep in mind, normal isn't really normal. I
should say the average for the last several years. At this time of the year, the actual hatch schedule can
vary as much as a month of more from year to year. This year is slightly ahead of the average hatch times.

Just a note to say that it appears that the coming five or six days are going to be right the opposite, or colder
than the average conditions for this time of the year. That means we are going to have some "mixed up"
bugs, or insects in the lower elevations continuing to emerge when they normally wouldn't be. At the same
time, the majority of the same species in the upper lower, middle and high elevations, should emerge about
the same time they usually emerge. In case I have you totally confused, I'm saying that about the 10th of
March, in terms of water temperature, conditions will hopefully be back to normal and the early season
hatches will return on a more consistent basis.

I still haven't had any opportunity to fish. Right now, my head feels like it is coming off my shoulders due to
an abscessed tooth. Hopefully, that will be cured tomorrow at the dentist office. I have had a couple of
customers say they did fairly well on Monday. Fairly well, in their opinion, was catching a couple of trout.

I received this email with an interesting question.

Looks like the Rainbows are already starting to spawn.  This fish was 13.5-14" and was caught on a dry fly in
pretty shallow water at the tail of a run.  Actually it was pretty lucky because the sun was shining and I was
blind casting.  I wasn't targeting this fish and its paired up mate, but noticed that was what was occurring
after I had snapped a photo and released the fish.

So you always see people talking about how fishing for spawning brook trout or brown trout is
unsportsmanlike, and how they shouldn't do it.  Rarely do you ever hear someone tell you to leave the
rainbow trout alone.  Am I the only one who finds this ironic, or are fisherman that much more biased towards
the "big browns" and native brookies?


My reply:
Nice fish Eric. The reason for the difference in the browns and rainbows is two-fold.
1. Many times the rainbows are spawning when seasons are closed and in cases where they aren't, there's
few people that fish the early cold season weather.
2.The biggest reason is the rainbows are much more difficult to target. Neither the males or the females are
near as territorial as the browns. Just like you said, you didn't even notice this fish was spawning until after
you caught it. They spawn in pockets in fast moving water areas and the broken surface often covers them,
whereas browns spawn at the ends of pools in slower, smoother flowing water. It depends largely on the
stream but often, you actually catch one and see the color of the fish, before you know they are spawning.

Thanks for sending this. Could I show and use this in my Thursday fishing report. I would like to bring up
your point about the difference in the brown spawn and rainbow spawn.

I would like to hear from anyone regarding this. I have really never given it that much thought.
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