Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. Slate Drakes
2. Little Yellow Stoneflies (Summer Stones)
3. Needle Stoneflies
4. Mahogany Duns
5. Little Yellow Quills
Most available - Other types of food:
6. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
7. Inch Worms
Smoky Mountains Fishing Report
I don't have anything to offer from a personal experience standpoint for the past week. I
was not able to fish any. We have been extremely busy filling Perfect Fly orders from
coast to coast, but recently, mostly for the western states. I have only talked to two of our
customers who have fished the streams of the park during the past week. Both of them did
fairly well considering it was their first time visiting the park. They were not new to fly
fishing but they were new to the small, tree covered streams of the Smokies. One guy was
from Texas and the other from California. It never ceases to amaze me at the distance
people travel to visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the most visited national
park in the nation.
Both anglers managed to catch more than a dozen trout fishing less than a half day on the
average. One admitted he only fished when it fit his wife's schedule. One fished on the
North Carolina side of the park and the other the Tennessee side. Both ordered flies from
us prior to coming. Both seemed well satisfied with everything. Straight Creek produced
well, as usual. The little Roaring Fork Creek near Gatlinburg produced well.
The streams remain in great shape. I know we have set up some guys that will be camping
in the backcountry during the next couple of weeks. I hope conditions remain good for
them. I've always enjoyed fishing the very low flows of August. It makes catching trout a
little tougher but I prefer it that way. Trout are not as easily fooled. With lower, slower flows
they get a very good look at your fly. It's a little more difficult to stay hidden but it is very
easy to get around in the streams. What I've enjoyed the most during the past three
weeks has been the cool weather. That has been nothing short of wonderful.
As usual, but not as usual this year as it has been during past August months, anglers
have mentioned that they are missing a lot of strikes. Last week, one angler
commented that he was getting lots of action but that the trout often seemed to just knock
the fly around and miss it. I've heard that during the late summer and early fall months
now for a few years. There is a simple explanation for that. The trout are rejecting the fly
for real insects at the last split second. In fast, high water, they are easily fooled. In slow
moving, low water they aren't that easily fooled. I can assure you that if the trout want the
fly, they will get it. They don't miss food unless they do reject it at the last split second.
The solution is to stop using highly generic and attractor trout flies. Use better, more
specific and more realistic imitations of the most plentiful and available food at the time
your fishing. That's why our Perfect Flies out perform the standard imported flies
sold by fly shops. Fishing success always gets down to the odds of this versus that.
Increase your odds of success by using better flies.
I guess most everyone noticed the news about Dollywood yesterday. Dolly announced a
$300 million dollar expansion of Dollywood that made local, state and national news.
Dollywood is owned by Dolly Parton and Herschend Family Entertainment. They already
employ over 3,000 people. I'm sure the expansion will increase that number big time along
with creating a lot of construction jobs. The expansion includes a resort. I understand kids
will be able to catch fish but I'm not familiar with the exact arrangement. I'm just glad some
people are going ahead with expansion plans in spite of the current administration's
attempts to curtail private company growth.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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