Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. BWOs (Little BWOs)
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
I didn't get to go into the park but one time during the past week. If you read yesterday's report, you know
why. We have been very busy adding lots of new product to the Perfect Fly store.
The one opportunity I took wasn't exactly on a springlike weather day, but for the half hour of actual fishing
time I was able to get in, it was worth it. I managed to catch two small rainbows. They took the same fly I still
had tied on from the week before - a small BWO nymph. I didn't spot anything hatching but I fished the
Middle Prong of Little Pigeon River and my guess is, it was probably colder than most of the other streams.
Also, I was there a little later in the day than anything should be hatching. I left my fly vest with my
thermometer in it at home and I don't know what the temperature was. I feel fairly sure it wasn't any warmer
than the high forties.
The Middle Prong of Little Pigeon (Greenbrier) drains some very high elevations and it's usually a little
cooler than most streams at any given elevation. It doesn't have quite as many swimming and crawler
nymphs as most streams in the park. Its insect population probably includes a higher percentage of clinger
nymphs than most streams. The hatches always seem to be a little behind most of the other major streams.
Although it doesn't have brown trout, or at least I have never caught one there, it always seems to have a
very good population of rainbows.
I talked to a couple of customers who reported some decent catches on Little River both Saturday and
Sunday, and one who did well on Straight Fork. They reported seeing hatches of Blue Quills and a few Quill
Gordons. The ones fishing Little River reported hatches occurring as high up as a mile or two below the turn
to Elkmont. None of them reported catching any trout on dry flies and that's understandable. I also noticed I
didn't hear anything from some customers I know for a fact were fishing during the past weekend. I'm
assuming that means they didn't have much to write home about. I doubt everyone did well because I would
guess many just simply didn't fish the right way for the less than desirable conditions.
Although I need to confirm more about the status of the hatches, based on the weather forecast for this
weekend and next week, it appears the hatches will be occurring as high as the upper middle elevations. I
expect some heavier hatches to take place throughout the park next week irrespective of the water
temperature. As far as the Quill Gordons are concerned, I expect the hatches to be ending a lot sooner
than many anglers may anticipate. I will do some research this weekend and hopefully have an accurate
outlook by Tuesday of next week - "fly fishing strategy" day.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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