Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
1.    Little BWOs
2.    Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
3.    Cinnamon Caddis (Mostly Abrams Creek)
4.    Light Cahills
5.    Little Yellow Stoneflies (Little Summer Stones)
6.    Sulphurs
7.    Slate Drakes
8.    Golden Stoneflies
9.    Little Green Stoneflies

Most available/ Other types of food:
10.  Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
11.  Inch Worm (moth larva)
12.  Beetles
13.  Grasshoppers
14.  Ants

Fly Fishing Strategies - What Fly To Use - Part 48

The weather is continuing to stay almost perfect. I do hope the streams get a good dose of
water within this next week or so from the possible thunderstorms predicted to occur. It
appears we are in a summer like pattern whereas some areas may get some rain and some
may not, depending on exactly where the isolated showers and storms appear. If there has
been recent rain anywhere in the Smokies, I suggest you look at the
national weather service
precipitation map. You can pinpoint the areas (watersheds) that have received precipitation
and get a good idea as to the stream levels for particular areas of the park. This has been
invaluable to me since my friend Dennis McCarthy pointed it out to me several months ago.
The link to it is always on our
"links" page of this site. Just enter "great smoky mountains" in
the "location" box on the precipitation map page.

The fishing conditions in the park remain absolutely excellent. You couldn't ask for
better conditions for this time of the year. There are some anglers who prefer the spring
level high water. It does tend to help a blind squirrel find an acorn. By that I mean the higher,
faster water of Spring makes it easier to fool the trout feeding on insects that are readily
exposed and plentiful during heavy hatches. Often, poor imitations of the naturals (flies) and
flies that are presented poorly tend to fool the trout. They only get a split second view of the
fly and often fall for poor imitations and presentations. Rest assured, a little more skill is
required to consistently catch good number of trout the other ten or eleven months of the

Anytime you hear anglers saying the fishing has slowed down, what they really
mean is conditions have returned to normal, and their lack of skill and knowledge
is becoming obvious.
 They should say their "catching" has slowed down.

Such descriptions of the "fishing" as that usually comes from fly shop salesmen
that haven't fished the park since Moby Dick was a minnow.

The trout are still there and they are still eating. If fishing was compared to golf in this
respect, it would mean the tees have been moved back from up close to the greens to the
their normal position. If you like "crip" par 3 golf courses, you would like fishing the park the
few days a blind squirrel can find an acorn. If you don't want to go to any trouble acquiring
the skills and knowledge required for fly fishing success, you can eliminate much of the
difficulty by simply by following the hatchery truck around on the put and take trout waters.  

This afternoon, there should be some scattered showers and thunderstorms taking place.
There's a 30 percent chance, going down to 20 for tomorrow and back up to 30 percent for
Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I believe, or maybe I should say I "hope", most of the
streams will get some water to keep the levels in the great shape they are in now.

I will continue the strategy article tomorrow. I did get in some fishing yesterday and I'm tired.
That means I will be very busy catching up. I will be adding new Perfect Fly product for most
of the day and rest of the week, for that matter.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh