Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Little Short Horned Sedges
3. American March Browns
4. Cinnamon Sedges (Caddisflies) (Abrams Creek)
5. Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
6. Little Sister Caddisflies (Abrams Creek)
7. Eastern Pale Evening Duns
9. Little Yellow Stoneflies -Yellow Sallies
10. Eastern Green Drakes (Abrams Creek)
11. Giant Stoneflies
12. Light Cahills
13. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
Current Conditions in the Smokies:
I finally got an opportunity to fish for a couple of hours yesterday afternoon.
Normally, I am fishing somewhere just about every day for at least a short time but
lately, it has been mostly work. I am not sure how I got myself into this situation but I
did. On top of adding new product to our Perfect Fly line, we entered the Troutfest
show in Townsend Tennessee over the last weekend. It took more time than I
thought in preparing for it.
The Little Pigeon River fished absolutely great yesterday afternoon. The water was
excellent in all respects. The level was great and the temperature was fine. Trout
were actively feeding on several insects but mostly Yellow Sally egg layers and
nymphs around the banks about to hatch. I was able to catch several rainbows in a
short time along the stretch I fished not far inside the park from Gatlinburg. Most of
them were around six inches long with one close to nine. It was a welcome break
and a rare time I fish without someone running camera. It almost felt a little spooky.
Eastern Pale Evening Dun Nymphs
The Eastern Pale Evening Dun nymphs are crawlers that don't do very well in the
fast water streams of the Smokies, but where you do find them, they are plentiful. I
call them isolated hatches meaning, they hatch in only certain areas of moderate
water. Ninety percent of the water in the park's streams doesn't hold Pale Evening
Duns or what the locals, call Sulphurs. Even more water than that doesn't hold the
true Sulphurs which also exist in isolated areas of the park's streams. You have to
be fishing the right type of water which is slow to moderate water such as shallow
areas of pools or slow sections found at the ends of long riffles and runs. Some
streams in the park don't have any of these mayflies but most of them do in isolated
areas. Where they do exist, they exist in plentiful quantities and the trout feed on
If you are fishing an area known to have the Eastern Pale Evening Duns, fish
imitations of the nymph using short up and across presentations. This is one fly that
often works fished from a small strike indicator or as a dropper from a larger dry fly
provided the bottom of the stream is fairly level.
Gulf of Oil - Sad Story about the Delta and BP CEO Lies
Yesterday, you probably saw video taken from a chopper of the lower Louisiana
Delta near South Pass taken by the state's Governor. The oil has spread up into
the wetlands along the Mississippi River and Gulf Shoreline near the mouth of the
river. The oil rig that sank and caused the leak is about forty miles from there
offshore. The reports I saw didn't mention the tide, but it is a fact that once the oil is
inshore in the backcountry of the delta, the tides will move it around and it will
eventually cover most all of the area.
The area I am referring to is (or was) the finest redfish waters that exist in
the World. It's also the finest fly fishing redfish waters that exist in the World.
You can talk about Central Florida's great Indian and Banana River waters, but it
doesn't compare with Venice Louisiana. I know for certain because I have fished
both areas for many years. The Florida Everglades, the Georgia, South Carolina,
and Texas Coastlines or any other prime redfish waters that exist, doesn't compare
to it. The oil is entering and already in part of the area around Venice Louisiana that
truly is (and now was) the Redfish Capital of the World.
I hope the rush of the Mississippi River keeps most of the oil South of some of the
prime fishing areas but that remains to be seen. The first category one or better
hurricane that hits the area, will destroy all of the prime redfish waters. Oil is already
currently in the main deep water channels where the large female redfish, the only
redfish with eggs capable of successfully hatching, exist. Remember the slang name
"channel bass". Well, those are the large females I am referring too that reproduce
and that process partially occurs in the area the oil is already in.
BP CEO Tony Hayward Lies:
The CEO of BP told a British news group "Sky News" that "he didn't think the spill
would seriously hurt the Gulf ecosystem. "Everything we can see at the moment
suggests that the overall environmental impact will be very, very modest," he
I'll never have the opportunity, but I would personally like to kick that SOB's butt
from a chopper anywhere within a fifty mile radius of the spill with only a life jacket to
save his life for about an hour. When I rescued the low life Brit, I would ask only one
question - Now, jack ass, do you think the oil leak posses any threat to the dolphin,
wahoo, tuna, mariln, sailfish, sea turtles, whales, and the many other species that
used to live out here in the once blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, or did you tell
Sky News a lie bigger than your company's oil spill?
I can just see his white of his eyes shinning through the black crude oil covering his
entire body asking for forgiveness. It's a bad enough situation without the
outright lies of BP's CEO Tony Hayward.
See this article.