Copyright 2013 James Marsh
Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. BWOs (Little BWOs)
2. Light Cahills
3. Cinnamon Caddis (mostly Abrams)
4. Eastern Pale Evening Duns
5. Little Short-horned Sedges
7. Green Sedges
8. Little Yellow Stoneflies
9. Golden Stoneflies
10. Slate Drakes
11. Little Green Stoneflies
Most available - Other types of food:
12. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
13. Inch Worms
Smoky Mountains Fishing Report
The past week has been a good one for anglers fishing the park. Late Sunday and Monday of
this week is the only time conditions were not great. The streams were high but they fell fast,
much faster than I thought they would.
I got several in person, written (email) and telephone call reports from anglers fishing the park
and for the first time in a long time, no one complained about not catching trout. Some reported a
little dissatisfaction about missing some strikes on their dry flies but that's the worst thing I heard
about the fishing.
I got to go only once and that was yesterday afternoon. It started out great and then I got hit by a
downpour. I drove over much of the park trying to escape the rain. I was about like the storm
chasers in Oklahoma last week. Everywhere it wasn't raining and I stopped to fish, I got hit by a
downpour. A couple of times there were flashes (not streaks) of lightning but no thunder. It was
My memory may not last beyond last Spring, but it seems I spotted some of the largest drops of
rain I can ever remember seeing. Water fell as if someone was dropping it on me from one of
those fire-fighting helicopters. I video taped one a few years ago doing that in Yellowstone and it
honestly didn't look like there was much more water falling from the big chopper than fell from the
sky yesterday at times. By the way, I'm changing the subject, but to do that they dropped a huge
bag hanging from the chopper in to the Lamar River to pick up the water and then flew about a
half mile to drop it on the fire.
I fished about 45 minutes yesterday, wet wading, and caught four trout. They looked like they all
were the same fish but I'm certain they weren't. I used our Perfect Fly Light Cahill dun.
I noticed a large low over the Gulf they are saying will develop into a tropical storm and move
across Florida near Boca Grande Pass. Maybe that will run a few of those live bait tarpon anglers
off. One weather site said it would later come up the eastern coastline.
I checked our local forecast this morning. It has changed. Today and tonight there's an 80%
chance of rain, dropping to 60 percent for Friday. This weekend and all next week looks good.
The reason I checked it was to see if the tropical storm might affect us, but they are not showing
that at all. I also checked the stream levels which are a lot lower than I expected but a little high. I
have no idea what may take place today and tomorrow. I guess it will be one of those
wait and see things.
New Schedule of Daily
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
Friday: Getting Started
Saturday: Fly Fishing School
Sunday: This Week's Featured Trout
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.
Please allow up to 24 hours for a
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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You cannot trust Florida fisherman. They have taken our Perfect Fly "Needle Stonefly
Nymph", hook size 16, that I specifically designed for catching trout and made the bass and
bream think it's a warm water nymph. The guy in the bright blue shirt that looks like he walked out
of an Orvis photo studio (thirty years too late) had to be convinced the fly was working. After
casting his arm off, he finally borrowed one of the Little Needle Fly nymphs and caught some.
Hello Mr Marsh,
I thought you might like to see how a needle stone you sent me worked out on a local pond near
Tallahassee. The Old Man didn't have one but I was kind enough to loan him one after letting him
watch me hook up continually for 20 minutes or so. Thank you for all you have done in helping to
create wonderful memories and delicious dinners.