Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. BWOs (Little BWOs)
2. Giant Black Stoneflies
3. Light Cahills
4. Cinnamon Caddis (mostly Abrams)
5. Hendricksons/Red Quills
6. Little Short-horned Sedges
7. American March Browns
8. Eastern Green Drakes (Abrams)
9. Little Yellow Stoneflies
Most available - Other types of food:
10. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
Getting Started - Fly Fishing in The Smokies
The last "Getting Started" article was a very general article about the great majority of those who was instant
success - those that want to catch fish with little or no knowledge about the fish, what they eat to survive and
how you go about imitating that food using something with a hook in it. I mentioned that forty years ago,
those that were just getting started had to learn how to catch fish of any species using trial and error
methods. They were pretty well stuck with learning from family members or friends that had themselves,
learned to catch fish by trial and error methods of fishing. I continued to say that this day in time, there are
tons of detailed instruction and educational information in books, instructional DVD, magazines, and on-line
articles about every type of fishing that exist. Even so, most guys just getting started, still want to skip the
learning process and enjoy instant success.
Don't take me wrong on this. You certainly can't blame anyone spending their spare time fishing for wanting
to catch some fish. It's necessary to keep them interested in it. What I am trying to point out and what I see
that is wrong about the learning process, is the fact that those who should be able to help those just getting
started, still teach trial and error methods of fishing.
Just yesterday, I read something written by a person many would expect to know a lot about fly fishing for
trout in the streams of the Smokies, that recommended anglers start out with a dry fly in the morning and if
that didn't work, to switch to a nymph. I guess the guy was tired of suggesting that anglers start out with a
nymph and if that didn't work, switch to a dry fly. I also noticed he didn't suggest what anyone should do if
they made the switch to the nymph and it too, failed to work. Such advice is worse than being
completely worthless. Such advice teaches that the best way to catch fish is using trail and error.
That's about like a golf pro telling a beginner that if he didn't knock the ball on the green using an iron to
switch to a wood.
The first thing anyone just getting started fly fishing the streams of the Smokies needs to learn is that the
trout are wild, stream-bred trout that survive by eating the food that's in the streams, or in some cases, food
that accidentally gets into the streams. They don't survive eating hair and feathers.
Artificial flies are used to fool the trout into taking them for the real food that's in the streams. In order to do
that, isn't it logical to think the first and foremost thing anyone just getting started needs to learn has to do
with exactly what the trout eat, and when and how they go about eating it? They shouldn't ask, "what are the
trout eating today - a fly that floats, or a fly that sinks". It shouldn't be trying to determine whether the trout
are eating Parachute Adams or Hare's Ear Nymphs. It should be trying to determine the food the trout
are most likely eating and which fly best imitates the appearance of that food as well
presentation or how you go about imitating the behavior of that food with the fly.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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