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
Only in America - Weather and Stream Conditions and Fly
Fishing Strategies - Which Flies To Use
I hope everyone had a nice Labor Day weekend. Angie and I did, laboring even more
than usual. We have been extremely busy all year and due to the constant scrambling
to keep up with orders, I have had little time to add new product, find new storage
space, and get things better organized.
We are changing the fly business. Anglers from coast to coast are learning our
Perfect Fly specific imitations of all the aquatic insects, in all stages of life applicable to
fly fishing, outperform the age old fly patterns imported by the three major fly
distributors that are sold by fly shops. Although we are doing far better than I ever
dreamed we would, we still have an infinite ways to go to measure up with the following
Only In America:
I noticed two articles this past week about two outdoor sporting good companies that
have been a major part of my fishing video business for the past twenty-five years.
Both have sold thousands of my programs and have been a part of my success over
the years. As the articles indicate, I didn't do quite as well as the founders of the two
fine companies mentioned below, but well enough to be happy, thankful and satisfied.
I'm sure Johnny Morris much rather this Bloomberg article didn't exist. He isn't exactly a
Donald Trump type of a guy in respect to wanting to be in the spotlight. Personally, I
think he has done more than anyone to promote the sport of fishing. By the way, he
does fly fish and he did start the company from scratch. His success is well deserved.
This article about Cabelas (now a public stock company) opening two new stores
in Denver may also be of interest. Dick or his brother Jim aren't exactly the type
of people that seek center stage either, but their company has always been an
outdoor stage. They have always had some very good things going for them that have
paid off well. For example, if you don't like what you buy from them, send it back, get a
full refund and you won't be asked any questions. They have customer service that's
second to none. By the way, they don't get much product back. They started their
company from scratch, selling flies by mail order from their kitchen table.
Weather and Stream Conditions:
We have received a little rain from thunderstorms for the past three days here in
Pigeon Forge. That was just enough to cool things off and make the grass grow.
There's a slight chance of rain (30%) today with a high of around 84 but a low tonight
of about 61. Wednesday's weather will be about the same except the a chance of rain
won't exist. The low Wednesday night will be a nice, cool 59 degrees.
Thursday's high will be a little cooler than normal or around 82 and the nightly low,
again around 59. Friday's weather will be about the same. There will be a slight
chance of rain on Saturday (about 30%) with a high of 84 and a low that night of 62.
Sunday's weather should be almost identical.
The bottom line to the weather for the coming week is it will be as good as good can
get. At the present time, the stream levels are in excellent shape. Except where
isolated thunderstorms may drop some water, the streams should all continue to
gradually become lower.
Fly Fishing Strategies - Which Flies To Use - Coming Week:
With the nice, cool weather in the forecast, anglers can count on being able to fish
some of the lower elevation streams, especially early and late in the day. For that
reason, I'm still breaking the strategies into two parts, depending on the elevation and
type of water you fish. This is because at the current time of the year, the most
available and plentiful food differs in the streams located in those two different ranges
In the middle to lower elevations and middle to larger size streams, I suggest you
use a Mahogany Dun nymph in the mornings and up until you see something hatch. At
this time, there are more of them available for the trout to eat than any other nymph or
larva. By the way, some anglers confuse them with Tricos. They look much like Tricos
but are slightly larger, different in appearance from the male tricos (not much different
from the females) and behave entirely different.
The balance of "most available" will soon change back to Blue-winged Olives and
Slate Drakes. With the cooler weather, that can happen any day now. For now, I would
go with the Mahogany Duns. They are crawler nymphs and cannot hide very well from
hungry trout. They are also currently hatching. If it's a bright clear day, you shouldn't
expect great results for the Mahogany Duns. The hatches are less intense and
much more difficult to fish. In fact, you may want to switch to a Slate Drake nymph if
there is a lack of shade or cloud cover.
You may also see some Little Yellow Stoneflies in the middle elevations. If you spot
any adults, it means they are hatching and I suggest you fish a Little Yellow Stonefly
nymph late in the afternoon near dark. If you spot them laying eggs, switch to the adult
Other than the Little Yellow Stoneflies scenario, I would stick with the Mahogany dun
nymph until they begin to hatch (if they do), and then switch to an emerger or dun
imitation. There could also be a Mahogany Dun spinner fall but if so, it will be near
dark before it takes place. If you fish late in the day, I suggest you have a few
Mahogany Dun spinners on hand.
In the higher elevation streams and small, fast water, middle elevation streams, I
suggest a different strategy altogether. I would fish a Little Yellow Quill nymph in the
mornings and up until I spotted something hatching. Most likely that would be Little
Yellow Quills but it could also be the Needle Stoneflies. Although it is a little early for
them, both of these have started to hatch in the higher elevations. The cooler weather
should increase the hatches.
The Little Yellow Quills normally start to hatch around the middle of the afternoon and
sometimes later. If you spot any, switch to an emerger or dun imitation of the Little
If neither of these two insects begins to hatch, you may want to switch to a Needle
Stonefly nymph about the middle of the afternoon. If you spot any Needle Stoneflies
laying eggs, switch to an adult imitation. Remember, when they are flying, the little
Needle stoneflies look more like caddisflies than stoneflies.
You may also find some Little Yellow Quill spinners from the previous day's hatch
showing up late in the day. Sometimes, the spinners from the day before appear
during the same time of the current day's hatch. Their light colors make both the duns
and spinners easy to spot.
I should also mention that if your fishing the small, headwater streams, you can also
do quite well fishing a dun imitation of either the Cream Cahills (which previously
hatched) or the Little Yellow Quill duns that are currently hatching in some of the
streams. The brook trout and small rainbows feeding in the fast water are not as picky
as the larger rainbows and brown trout.
Keep in mind, the strategies I'm suggested are based on increasing your odds of
success or catching the highest number of trout possible, not the largest size trout.
You may prefer to fish dry flies more than the above strategy suggested, but again,
the strategies are for catching the most numbers.
Good luck to everyone and thank you for checking in with us.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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