Copyright 2013 James Marsh
Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. BWOs (Little BWOs)
2. Giant Black Stoneflies
3. Light Cahills
4. Cinnamon Caddis (mostly Abrams)
5. Eastern Pale Evening Duns
6. Little Short-horned Sedges
7. American March Browns
8. Eastern Green Drakes (Abrams)
9. Little Yellow Stoneflies
Most available - Other types of food:
10. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
11. Inch Worms
Weather and Stream Conditions - Coming Week
If the current forecast holds up to be fairly accurate, we should have the best opportunity for fly fishing Great
Smoky Mountains National Park than we have had in a long time. There will be another front moving through
Thursday and Friday, and as of now, they are saying there will be a 40% chance of thunderstorms at that
time. This may be more hope than fact, but precipitation from thunderstorms usually only affects random
watersheds rather than an entire area. It may increase water levels in some streams but typically, not all of
them. Based on the current forecast, I don't think the streams, or at least all of them, will be adversely
affected by heavy rainfall amounts prior to the coming weekend.
Most of the stream levels dropped down near a safe wading level for strong, younger guys by this past
Saturday but prior to that, wading hasn't been safe in any of the major streams. The high water levels made
it tough for most anglers to catch trout. Until the past weekend, even the higher elevation, small streams
were rolling along fast enough to make wading difficult. Little River is currently flowing at 352 cfs. It is still
high and requires some caution but it can be waded if done in a safe manner. Cataloochee Creek is flowing
at 187 cfs. That's still high enough that I don't recommend wading. The Oconaluftee River is flowing at 705
cfs which is just now getting down to the "wade but be very careful" level. All of the streams should continue
to fall until at least Thursday and that should put them all low enough that a little rain shouldn't adversely
affect them. As the opening sentence expresses, the bottom line is, this coming week and weekend should
provide an excellent opportunity for fly fishing the park.
Fly Fisherman and Congressman Dr. Paul Broun Running For U.S. Senate:
I would like to ask everyone to consider voting for and supporting my friend, Dr. Paul Broun, for the U. S.
Senate. I could ask you to do so because if elected, we would have a very avid fly fisherman in the Senate
but quite frankly, we all know that alone isn't a good enough reason for anyone to vote for him. Thanks to fly
fishing, I have the opportunity to talk to Dr. Broun very often. I greatly admire him as an honest, caring man
that was wiling to give up a sound medical practice to help see that his and our children and grandchildren
have the same opportunities we grew up having.
I guess everyone has noticed that it has recently been proven that some of our current leaders have a
problem telling the truth, especially when it comes down to getting elected for office.
I can assure you of one thing that I would be willing to bet my life on. Irrespective of your political
beliefs, and I highly respect them all, Republican, Democrat or whatever, you can always count on one thing
from Dr. Broun. Irrespective of the cost, political consequences or otherwise, he will always tell (as George
Jones put it) the cold, hard truth. In my book, that one thing puts him far ahead of many others.
I think that one thing is worth everyone giving him their consideration
New Schedule of Daily
Mondays: Weather and Stream
Conditions Forecast - Coming Week
Tuesdays: Fly Fishing Strategies -
Which Flies To Use - Coming Week
Wednesday: Fishing Tales
Thursday: Smoky Mountains Fishing
Friday: Getting Started
Saturday: Fly Fishing School
Sunday: This Week's Featured Trout
More Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us with the dates you will be
fishing the park and we will send
you a list of our fly suggestions.
Please allow up to 24 hours for a
2. Call us at 800-594-4726 and we
will help you decide which flies you
3. Call or email us with a budget for
flies and we will select them and get
them to you in time for your trip.
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