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
Smoky Mountains Fishing Report
The weather and stream conditions have both remained great during the past few days
and in a nutshell, are as good as they could possibly be for this time of the year. The only
thing missing are anglers. Although the streets of Pigeon Forge are jammed packed with
visitors, I have seen only a very few anglers fishing in the park. I hope that's only because
most of them are in the backcountry but I don't really think that's the case. It's that time of
the year when other things such as school becomes the priority. It is difficult for me to
think in terms of school starting near the first of August, but time changes things. That I
know for a fact. I've been on this earth long enough to personally attest to that.
This is getting completely off subject but I have to express my grips to
someone. Angie won't listen to them but for just a few seconds:
I got an email at our Perfect Fly email@example.com address day before yesterday.
It said in total- "Fishing 8/1". Then a standard "sent from my iPad" note. It did have the
person's name. I usually get around ten to twenty email request for fly selections for
various streams, coast to coast each day, but that was the shortest one I have ever
received. I replied "glad to hear that Mr. X. What can I do for you?". If you want my
suggestions for flies, it would help if I at least knew WHERE you planned on fishing.
I understand email isn't new anymore. I have also noticed that two sentence messages are
becoming very popular. They usually end with a note that's longer than the actual email
message. It usually says "send from my ipad" or more often, "sent from my iphone". I
want to reply, "glad you bought yourself a dang ipad (or iphone). Now, learn to
use the dxxxxx thing".
This day in time, the average attention level of anyone under 30 years of age is
less than 1 millisecond.
I'm already feeling better.
I have received email from only two anglers that have fished in the Smokies during the
past week. They were both short but sweet reports from happy anglers. Both were from
fairly local anglers.
I personally only fished on two occasions this past week, but for only about half of an hour
each time. I managed to catch 3 small rainbows and 1 brook trout the first trip on the
upper West Prong Little Pigeon, Walkers Camp Prong, and Little River near Elkmont, but
only 2 rainbows the second trip on the Middle Prong of Little Pigeon River. I didn't take the
time to get in the water the second trip and was driving and stopping to check for hatches
most of the time. I drove about 30 miles inside the park but just stopped here and there to
make a cast or two. The streams were all in great shape and the trout responded as if
they were starved. I used our Cream Cahill dun.
Another Side Note:
I found out where all of the anglers were fishing Sunday. I visited my mother in
Guntersville, Alabama, and probably passed about 400 boat trailers just between
Scottsboro and Guntersville. I stopped to grab a Coke at a tackle shop and ask if there
was a tournament underway. The answer was no, just a lot guys fishing.
B.A.S.S. is going to hold the next Bassmaster Classic on Guntersville Lake, but weight the
fish in at the Civic Center in downtown Birmingham. You read that right. It is only an hour
and a half drive. There will be a lot of bass boat traffic on the road those three days - and
I guess, with their live wells running wide open but maybe they have a trick I haven't heard
about. Someone will also have to take them back to Guntersville Lake and release them. I
told you things are changing fast at the beginning of this highly disconnected article.
Oh, back to the Smokies Fishing!
If you have to quit work, play sick to miss school, get a divorce, get an advance paycheck
loan, sell your antique cane rods, disappear as if you were an actor for the I.D.TV show,
hike to the Smokies on the Appalachian trial, book an overseas flight, or ride a crouch
rocket on the Trail of the Dragon, you better get here while the get'ins good. The trout
are sticking their heads completely out of the water looking for dry flies.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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