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
Weather and Stream Conditions Forecast - Coming Week
The forecast for the coming week looks absolutely great. I can't help but wonder if it is
really accurate, but only because it looks too good to be true. The 20 % chance of
showers and thunderstorms everyday but Friday and Saturday (when it increases to
40%) bothers me the most. It seems that always has a way of changing to 100%.
Actually, that probably wouldn't be a bad thing because the streams have already fell
back down and will continue to approach the normal lows of September. I didn't spend
two days this past week writing about low water fishing tactics in vain. We will see some
The following is based on the forecast for Gatlinburg. It is as close to what you can
expect in the low elevations of the Smokies as anywhere other than Cherokee. At least
the elevation is slightly higher than that of the valleys surrounding the mountains.
Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 81. There's a 20 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Tonights low with be nice, around 60 degrees.
Wednesday's, Thursday's and Friday's forecast are about the same except there is a
30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms with a high near 80, 79 and 81
respectively. The chances of rain increase to 40 percent for Friday night with a low
Saturday's forecast shows a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms with a
high near 78. The low Saturday night will remain a cool 61. Sunday's chances of rain
decrease to 20 percent with a high of only 77.
I have always thought that the late Summer and Fall season was a great time for fly
fishing the streams of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I enjoy this time of the
year more than I do the spring season. I enjoy fishing the very low water levels
because it requires a little more skill versus the much easier to fish higher water levels.
There are more tourist to deal with, but fewer anglers. All you need to do to find some
solitude is to get off the streams with direct road access. The weather is usually more
stable than it is during the spring season and the surroundings are simply beautiful.
Try it, you will like it.
Central Rocky Mountains:
We should be especially thankful for our beautiful weather in the Smokies. The people
in the Central Rocky Mountains are not so lucky. Many of the streams (and more
importantly, people) in Colorado have been badly damaged by floods. We have
several Perfect Fly customers that we have recently assisted in setting up fly fishing
trips to Colorado that have had to cancel their plans. Many of the trout streams,
especially those on the Front Range, have been badly damaged from the flooding.
Much worse than that, people are still missing. I certainly hope they are all found safe.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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