Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. Cream Cahills
2. Cinnamon Caddis
3. Slate Drakes
4. Little Green Stoneflies
Most available - Other types of food:
5. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
6. Inch Worms
Weather and Stream Conditions Forecast - Coming Week
Both the weather and the stream conditions have greatly improved during the past few
days. It appears things have returned to a normal July weather pattern but I'm a little afraid
to go quite that far. Nationwide, things still look a little strange. The long range forecast for
this coming weekend indicates the National Weather Service may also be a little afraid to
go that far. When they start predicting a 50% change of showers and thunderstorms, I
take that to mean they don't really know what to expect. Their normal pattern is to state
that for the long range forecast and then increase it to 100% when it starts raining. I hope
that's not the case this time. We can do without rain for a little while longer. For the first
time this month, the streams have receded to levels that can be waded without having to
constantly fight the current.
I firmly believe the extra rainfall amounts we have received for the past few months will turn
out to be to everyone's advantage before the summer and early Fall months are over. I
am positive it has benefited the trout. Without rain, the freestone streams in the park
would not exist. Without rain, the trout in the streams of the park couldn't survive. Every
time I get the urge to complain about the large amount of rain we have received this year,
I'm reminded of the alternative. We haven't had any flooding conditions. In reality, we
should be thankful for it. It beats having to complain about the dog days of summer.
The streams are currently is excellent shape. Conditions in the Smokies couldn't
be any better for the middle of July. Here is what the weather experts are predicting
for the Gatlinburg area. By the way, I use Gatlinburg because it is as close to the Smokies
as you can get. Cherokee's forecast would be just as good. Both towns more accurately
depict the weather for the mountains than forecast for towns in the surrounding valleys.
There is also a "mountains" weather forecast. It can always be found on our link page.
This one's for the Clingman's Dome area. It gives you a good idea of what to expect at the
For Gatlinburg, it will be mostly clear with a high near 88 today. .There's a slight chance
(20%) of showers and thunderstorms for Tuesday. It increases to 30% on Wednesday and
40% on Thursday. Thursday's high should be about 89.
They continue to show a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms for Friday.
For Saturday, they increase the odds of rain and thunderstorms to 50%. It is obvious to
me they expect some rain near the end of the week and coming weekend and also
obvious they don't know how much. The forecast is accurate if it doesn't rain a drop.
I think that's about as good of a weather forecast as we could get for the middle of July. I
also think it's as safe as safe is going to get to plan a trip to fish the streams of park.
Conditions should be very good for the next few days.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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