Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3.    Midges
4.    Little Winter Stoneflies

New Great Smoky Mountains National Park Trout Food Series

Some Different Reasoning Anglers Use In Selecting Flies
We have been selling flies faster than hot cakes are selling in Pigeon Forge during
the entire month of January and so far, this month of February. We thought last
year got off to a good start but so far, this year's sales more than doubles last
year's sales. We have about 65,000 flies in stock and about 7,000 more being tied
at the present time.

Last week, one of our customers from Georgia called to order a couple of dozen
more flies and in general conversation stated that he didn't need the flies for fishing
the small streams of North Georgia or the Smokies, but that he did for some of the
tailwaters he fished. He continued to point out that the trout in the tailwaters were
more selective trout that could be very picky. That seemed just backwards to me,
but I didn't comment about it as such. I did ask him why he though our flies would be
better than the generic ones he usually purchased from the fly shops. I always try to
do that, just to get my customer's input. His answer was simply that he thought our
flies looked much more like the real ones. He stated that at first glance some of the
flies were difficult to tell from the real things. He continued to praise the flies,
claiming some looked so much like the real things that he hated to use them and
tended to want to keep them just to look at. I don't know how much was said to make
me feel good and how much was said as to the way he really felt, but it was clear he
liked the flies. It was his third order and he had spent enough money to convince me
of that.

What I didn't ask the man, simply because I didn't want to dwell on the issue, was
that if he felt that way, why he didn't use them all the time including in the small
freestone streams of North Georgia and the Smokies. My guess is his answer would
most likely have been along the lines that he thought he could catch trout on the
generics in the small freestone streams just as well. It could possible have been the
generic flies were cheaper but I don't think that was much of a factor with him. I   
think he probably just thought that flies that looked like the real things were not
necessary in the freestone streams he was referring to.

The facts are, generic flies will catch trout in any stream anywhere in the World
where trout feed in fast water. I know because we caught trout all across the country
for several years using generic flies during the time I was developing my own flies.
Anywhere the trout can only get a short glimpse of a fly, you can often get by with
less than a good imitations of the real things. That's easy to understand. Just put
any small fly between your fingers and pass it across in front of your face at a
speed similar to that of a fast flowing run. Depending on the exact speed, you will be
lucky to be able to tell it's a trout fly, much less determine which one. In fast water,  it
seems that sometimes trout will hit about anything with hair or feathers tied on a
hook. When all of the various conditions are optimal, the trout's metabolism is at a
high level, and the trout can only see a fly for a spit second, they will sometimes fall
for poor imitations that don't resemble anything that exist in nature. The big
questions become, "will they fall for the generic imitations as often as good
imitations of what the trout are primarily feeding on"?
The answer is no. Would
your odds increase if you fished flies in the fast, pocket water streams that looked
more like the naturals, including nymphs and emergers?
The answer is yes.

By the way, for goodness sake don't get off into the one track, dry fly only thinking
mode. I have been writing about that for the past few days. I'm also referring to
nymphs. Remember, the trout can see them much better than the dry flies.

The answers to both of the above questions should be very obvious.
Yes, your
odds will improve using imitations that look more like the real things, even
when you're fishing fast pocket water
. For just one reason, even in areas of
fast water streams, the trout often get a good view of the fly. They don't fly by the
trout's eyes all the time. The more the flies look like the naturals, meaning the real
insects, the better the trout will accept the flies, the fewer rejections you will get, and
the more trout you will catch. This is true even when the trout only get a short
glimpse of the fly.
If selected and fished correctly imitating the most available
insects the trout are feeding on at any given time, our Perfect Flies will
always catch more trout than any generic imitation anytime, anywhere and

The next question for anyone who thinks differently from what I just wrote is  "what
about the times the trout can see the fly very well".
Not all trout flies fly right
over the trout's window of vision at the speed of sound.
Currents can slow
the flies down and the trout can see them well at times even in fast pocket water
streams typical of the Smokies. Even so, this is still only one important consideration.

An even more important consideration is that many of the aquatic insects in
the streams of the Smokies don't hatch in fast water.
Just the opposite of that,
the majority of the insects that live in the freestone streams seek slow to moderate
water in which to hatch. Of those about to hatch in the near future, Blue Quills are
an example. They hatch is slow to moderate water. Blue-winged Olives are another
example. They hatch in slow to moderate water. Even though they get caught up in
fast water often, the Quill Gordons actually hatch in moderate water closely adjacent
to fast water. Our Perfect Flies can make a big difference, even in fast-water
freestone streams.

The Success of Perfect Flies Is Remarkable:
Anglers are figuring this out at a rapid pace. We have little difficulty in convincing
anyone that fishes for wild trout in smooth flowing tailwaters or spring creeks that
the better your flies imitate the appearance and behavior of real insects, the higher
your odds of success.. Many anglers were already well aware of the points I just
tried to make the past few days.
Years of tradition involving the use of age old
generic and impressionistic imitations, and insofar as aquatic insect
knowledge is concerned, the uneducated writings and teaching of many
self-proclaimed experts, has made it more difficult to get the attention of
some anglers that fish the small, freestone streams.

The success of Perfect Flies is very obvious due to the huge percentage of
customers who reorder flies from us. That's currently over 70% and we think some
of those who have only ordered only once, will order again in the near future. It
includes many that have purchased flies within the last few months and haven't had
a need to reorder yet. We have several customers that have placed over a dozen
orders. Some of these have been large orders of several dozen flies.  We have only
been in business for about a year and a half and getting recognized by Internet
search engines takes time. Now our Perfect Fly website traffic rivals most anyone in
the fly fishing business. In addition, our traffic on this site is tops for the Smokies
and our Yellowstone site is within the top three fly fishing sites on fly fishing
Yellowstone Country.

We have not only had to introduce a new concept in flies,
meaning we only sell
specific imitations of things trout eat,
we have had to fight old, Daniel Boone
age theories that makes about as much sense as watching the Super Bowl on a
twelve inch black and white TV with a rabbit ear antenna.. In other words, we are not
only fighting the problems that exist for any new fly fishing company, we are having
to educate many anglers as to the most effective ways to fool trout into taking their

We are redefining the way many anglers go about selecting flies as well as how they
present them. We are doing that by continuously posting articles about how to
imitate the individual insects and other foods trout eat on our three different
websites. The Perfect Fly site has page after page of information about fly fishing
from the very basics to the most advanced methods, techniques, strategies and
including hundreds of tips on fly fishing. It also has detailed information on hundreds
of trout streams. We are not finished with it. We are just getting started good.

If you haven't done so already, we invite you to try our Perfect Flies. Try them in fast
pocket water as well as the smooth flowing tailwaters and spring creeks. We feel
confident that you will discover they will outperform the flies you have been using
whether you are new at fly fishing or you have been fishing for trout for fifty years.

Down and Dirty  (some are clean) Tips and Recommendations for Fly
Fishing Destinations -
Just keep in mind that it is strictly one opinion that happens to be mine. The intent is to hopefully
give those interested a general idea of what to expect. Most likely every guide, affiliated business
entity and local angler will have a different opinion. These streams also have full coverage on our
Perfect Fly Stream Section.
Continued Tomorrow

Copyright 2011 James Marsh