Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Little Yellow Quills
3. Great Autumn Brown Sedges
4. Needle Stoneflies
Most available - Other types of food:
6. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
Fly Fishing Strategies and Weather/Stream Conditions
Nothing at all has changed since Tuesdays suggested strategy article was written.
We are still expecting rain Friday night and Saturday. The weather is going to be
very nice and warm, with highs in the sixties until Saturday night when it will drop to
25 degrees in Gatlinburg.
In checking the Mountains Forecast at Clingman's Dome, I find they are not showing
it to be much colder in the higher elevations Saturday night and Sunday than it will
be in Gatlinburg. That's a little strange but sometimes the upper layers of clouds are
not that much different. They are not forecasting any snow in the high elevations
from the front that will pass Saturday and that's a little difficult to believe.
From now through Saturday, the forecast couldn't be any better for fly fishing the
Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Dummies on Smart Phones.
I guess I need to start guiding. Yesterday, I received three 800 line telephone calls
from people trying to book me as a guide. One was for the Smokies this next March,
another was for steelhead fishing in the Snake River Canyon on the
Oregon/Washington line tomorrow, and another was for Oak Creek in Arizona this
weekend. I figured out the fuel for my jet would cost more than my tips.
The main reason for this, which by the way isn't unusual at all except for the time of
year, is smart phones. People are getting dumber and dumber because of
smart phones. Using a search engine, they look up a stream they want to fish on
their smart phone, probably driving down the road or walking along a sidewalk
bumping into everyone, and see an 800 number on the first website page that
comes up. They instantly hit call/send and want to book a guide, or one of a million
other things. Another call was from a kid in Virginia actually fishing while talking to
me on the phone asking what he could use other than a wooly bugger. He said it
was the only fly he had. When I suggested some flies, he said, "well, I guess I will
head back to Walmart".
Smart phone users give a website about 10 seconds or less of attention before
making a call, sending an email, or looking for another site.
Oh well, I guess that beats not getting any calls.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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