The James Marsh Fishing Report:


Finally Some Good News!

The fishing has been "bad" now for about a month and a half. In fact, since
about the first of April to near the end of May, fishing in the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park has be "terrible". Just about anyone with a new $750.00
fly rod (those with last year's models now on Ebay are not so lucky) rigged up
with a $100.00 man-eating fly line has been able to catch a trout or three. It has
been possible for greedy anglers to shut their eyes, select a fly from their
attractor fly box and still catch a trout. It has even been possible for them to hit a
feeding trout over the head with their new shark skin fly line and still get the trout
to take their strawberry short-cake fly. On some occasions conditions have even
allowed anglers to kick rocks on the bottom while wading and still manage to
catch a few trout.
Things have started to change. Fishing is on its way back to "Excellent". It could
stay that way until next April. The crowds have gone (those anglers that fish
three times a year) and you may be able to fish a stream along a paved road
without fishing behind someone. It will be nice to fish without following someone
who has beat the water into bubbles. It will be a pleasure to not have to fish
behind someone that has kicked every stone on the bottom of the stream into a
new position. Fishing is getting much better. It may actually take a little skill and
knowledge about what the trout are feeding on to catch them.
There could be a flurry of "bad" fishing in the early fall when the rainbows and
browns will again fall for just about anything thrown at them but I doubt it.
Conditions are almost back to normal. The rainbows and brown trout in the
streams at the lower elevations have become more difficult to catch. Once again,
trout can be caught that provide some challenge to the angler. We can again
play the game we love with some competition from the trout.  
Sadly, not all the fishing in the park has turned "great". It is still possible to fish
the small streams in the high elevations and catch the small brook trout (the only
native fish called a trout in the park) on a size 12, yellow rattlesnake. They are
hungry and eating about anything thrown at them. But that won't last for long.
Things up high will turn back to normal for the summer months. The water will
drop much lower and the flows will slow down. The water temperature will warm
up and the oxygen content will decrease some. The brook trout will be much
more difficult to catch and the fishing in the high elevations will again be
This has been a James Marsh fishing report. Coming soon - the James Marsh
"fly fishing business" report.

If you can't catch them when the fishing gets tough or what I call "excellent", you
can always catch the stockers. Try the "pellet fly"  I understand they work great
and beside, I am told the stockers taste much better than the wild or native fish.

Copyright 2008 James Marsh