Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Cinnamon Sedges (Caddisflies) (Abrams Creek)
3. Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
4. Little Sister Caddisflies (Abrams Creek)
5. Eastern Pale Evening Duns
7. Little Yellow Stoneflies -Yellow Sallies
8. Slate Drakes
9. Light Cahills
10. Little Green Stoneflies
11. Golden Stoneflies
18. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
Are Camp Site Locations Always Safe?
The flash flood that killed so many innocent people in Arkansas a couple of
days ago could do the exact same thing in Great Smoky Mountains National
Park. While I admit I am certainly not an expert in floods by any stretch of the
imagination, when I looked at that campground on a topo map in one of my
GPS units, it amazed me as to how little indication of what occurred in there
would be obvious to anyone even if they checked the area out. It looks like
many thousand other places one could be fishing or camping. In fact,
comparing it with many places in the Smokies, I could see where that if such
an incident occurred in Arkansas, it could occur at any number of places in
the Smokies, even at some designated remote campsites. I guess there isn't
any way of preparing for every possible disaster that could possible occur,
other than being prepared well for eternity.
I'm not trying to scare anyone about the outdoors, camping or fishing. In fact,
if you didn't do any such activities, the odds of something happening at your
home, including a flood, tornado or other natural disaster, would probably be
just as great. If you get in your vehicle and travel anywhere, the odds of
something going wrong on the highway is much greater, in my opinion. I do
think it warrants taking a close look at the topography anywhere you
intend to camp.
Everyone knows to stay well back from a stream. We learned that in the
Scouts. Anytime you're enclosed by mountains, or even hills as was the case
in Arkansas, where such topography could channel the flow of huge amounts
of rainwater, there's a possibility such flooding could occur. It's really beyond
most of our imaginations as just how much flood water can suddenly appear.
Ask a Nashville resident. You all have probably heard of and read warnings
about sudden rising water on some of the small streams in the park. It's just a
fact that in many places, rising water could force you out of a stream on the
opposite side of your vehicle's location. I have heard of anglers having to
bushwhack their way for miles to get to out of the forest because of that.
A thunderstorm can bring a localized flash flood miles upstream from your
location and the results could be that your would be faced with a sudden rise
of water you couldn't handle very well. I have read of people hiking in dry
streambeds in the Southwest when they looked up to see a huge wall of
rushing food water coming at them. In those cases, the floods took place
many miles away. At least we don't have to be concerned with that same
thing in the Smokies but we do have to be aware of the possibility of sudden
rising water anytime there is a chance of thunderstorms and that's about
every day in the summer.
Terrestrial Insects - Ants - Continued
Another ant fly we have at Perfect Flies, is the Brown Carpenter ant.
Another one is our "Perfect Fly" Flying Ant. Yes, we do have flying ant falls in the
Smokies. I have only seen three but when I did, the water was almost covered with
them and the trout were eating them. Only once in the Smokies was I prepared with
our fly. I did catch several trout in a few minutes on it. Two were at Cataloochee
Creek and the other time was on the Oconaluftee River, if I remember correctly.
Both Flies can be seen here.