Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1.     Slate Drakes
2.     Little Yellow Stoneflies
3.     Needle Stoneflies
4.     Mahogany Duns
5.     Little Yellow Quills
6.     Great Autumn Brown Sedges
7.     Blue-winged Olives

Most available - Other types of food:
8.     Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)

Fly Fishing Strategies - Which Flies To Use - Coming Week
The first real cold front of the fall season is rapidly approaching. The temperature
will fall all day long down to about 22 degrees tonight. There's a 40% chance of rain
today and a 30% chance of snow tonight. The streams are low and although they
may spike up a little, will probably stay low for the coming week.

With a high tomorrow in Gatlinburg of only 43, I suggest you avoid fishing in the
park or at least wait until about the middle of the day to try. The water temperature
will probably not get out of the mid thirties. The brown trout may take a streamer in
spite of the water temperature and that's what I suggest for today and tomorrow.
Please avoid wading through redds and fishing for those holding the redds trying to
spawn. After tomorrow, things should return to normal Fall weather and be much

Fly Fishing Strategies:
Selecting flies should always be a matter of choosing the ones that will produce the
highest odds of success. Those that produce the highest odds of success are
always those flies that best imitate the most plentiful and available food for the trout
to eat at any given time and place. That is what the trout focus on eating. Knowing
what that food is and imitating it well, versus trial and error methods of selecting
flies, will always produce the best results. The strategies I'm suggesting are not
much different from those I suggested last week.

Larger Middle and Lower Elevation Streams:
I suggest you use a Perfect Fly Blue-winged Olive nymph, size 16 or 18 in the
mornings. It will imitate the most plentiful and available food at this time of
the year. Keep in mind, this isn't to say they will hatch. It is just to say that except for
midges, the nymphs are the most plentiful food right now. Continue with it
until you see something hatch which most likely would be BWOs.

I would stick with the Blue-winged Olive nymph until they begin to hatch (if they do),
and then switch to an emerger or dun imitation of the BWO. By the way, they hatch
in far less numbers on clear day than they do on cloudy or overcast days. There
could also be a BWO spinner fall but if so, it will be near dark. If you fish late in the
day, I suggest you have a few Perfect Fly BWO spinners on hand.

I think the Slate Drakes are about through for the year, but if you see any nymphs
on the rocks along the streams, I suggest you switch to a Slate Drake nymph. If you
do, you should also watch for a Slate Drake spinner fall near dark.

Great Autumn Brown Sedges will continue to hatch. These start emerging late in
the afternoons and early evenings. If you see any of these large caddisflies, you
should switch to a Perfect Fly pupa imitation of them. If you see them laying eggs
(dropping down and fluttering on the surface), switch to the Perfect Fly Adult Great
Brown Sedge.

Smaller Middle and Higher Elevation Streams:
You may want to avoid fishing the higher elevations in the mornings. In case you
want to fish them, I'm suggesting a different strategy for them than the larger, lower
elevation streams. You should fish a Perfect Fly Little Yellow Quill nymph in the
mornings and continue with it until you spot something hatching. Most likely that
would be Little Yellow Quills but it could also be the little Needle Stoneflies. Both of
these insects are hatching in the higher elevations. The Little Yellow Quills normally
start to hatch around the middle of the afternoon. If you spot any, switch to an
emerger or dun imitation of the Little Yellow Quill.

If neither of these insects begin 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 the Perfect Fly 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.

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. There are other specific methods of fishing that will produce some much
larger trout.

Also, keep in mind that I'm well aware that some of you may prefer to fish dry flies
more than the above strategy suggest, but again, the strategies provided are for
catching the highest numbers of trout, and depending on individual preferences,
not necessarily having the most fun

The brown trout spawn will be continuing this coming week. Please don't bother
those on their redds.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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