Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives (See Below)
2. Mahogany Duns
3. Little Yellow Stoneflies
4. Slate Drakes
5. Needle Stoneflies
6. Little Yellow Quills
13. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
Some Tips and Info On Fishing The Fall Season:
These are some short and simply tips and information on fishing Great Smoky
Mountains National Park during the Fall season.
1. Although the official first day of Fall doesn't start until the 22nd day of
September, for all practical purposes you will think it is Fall before then, especially if
you fish the higher elevations.
2. When the leaves get into full color, which (depending on the elevation) is
normally around the end of October or the first of November, you couldn't select a
more beautiful time to fish the streams of the park.
3. That last tip immediately made me think of this one. To avoid the leaf lookers, or
crowds that come to see the beautiful autumn foliage, simply get off the roads a
short ways. You will find some leaf lookers on the main hiking trails that follow some
of the streams, but there are usually only a few at the most along the smaller
streams. It would be rare you would be interfered with if you stay away from the
streams along the roads.
4. When the wind gets up and the leaves are in full color, they can get into the
water to the point they can cause problems for anglers; however, those days the
leaves are a real problem are not that common. When the water only has a few
leaves on it, it becomes more of a psychological problem than anything.
5. When most of the leaves have fallen to the ground and in the streams, when you
are wading, beware of those in the water that have sank to the bottom. You can
step off the bank into a pile of leaves that may appear to only cover the bottom of
the stream when the pile of leaves could be two or three feet deep.
6. Although there are not large numbers of hatching aquatic insects like you have
on some days during the Spring season, there are plenty of hatches that take
place. Cinnamon Caddis, Great Autumn Brown Caddis, Blue-winged Olives, Little
Yellow Quills, Yellow Sallies (Little Yellow Stoneflies); Slate Drakes, and Needle
Stoneflies are a few that come to mind. It's often easier and more productive to fish
some of these hatches than it is the multiple hatches of early Spring.
7. The weather is normally great during the Autumn season. It's a real pleasure to
be outside most days. Chilly mornings and days when the temperature stays in the
mid seventies are very hard to beat. The water temperatures are also usually
excellent for the trout.
8. You don't have to worry about the bitting bugs and flies of Spring and for those of
you that have allergies, like yours truly, it's better than the Spring season.
9. The water is usually low and clear but if you will follow the tips given in recent
articles I wrote about fishing low water conditions, you shouldn't have any problem
catching plenty of trout.
10. The brook trout spawn during the Fall. It can cause some problems catching
them at times, but at other times, it's easier to catch them. It depends on the stage
of the hatch of the individual fish. The main point I want to make here has to do with
the beauty of the brook trout during the spawn. They are as pretty as a fish can
possible get. If you haven't seen brook trout in their spawning colors, you are
missing out on one of the wonders of fly fishing.
11. The brown trout also spawn during the Fall. They loose a lot of their normal
caution and even become exposed at times. In the pre-spawn stage, they become
aggressive and much easier to catch. It's you chance to catch one of the large
brown trout in the Smokies. Many of you may be shocked at the size of some of
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