Fishing Update, Perfect Fly Selections and Other Info

I am sorry that I have been unable to post anything for the past few days to this site
or for that matter, any of our other sites. At some point this year, we had to shut
down everything and completely redo our computer systems. We use five main
computers that talk to each other and making backup files, necessary for us to do
the upgrades, for all of our video projects took a lot of time and effort. We have
added one new computer that is as fast as they make them (when I say make them I
mean make components because all of our computers are custom built) and
upgraded several things in the other five. This was required mainly because of our
move into Hi Definition professional video. The bottom line to editing hi-def versus
standard video is that it takes about six times as much processor speed and
storage capacity as standard professional video. Most people would tend to think it
would take a little more or maybe even double the speed and storage space but
few are aware it averages about six times as much.
These same computers store our five online websites along with three others we
have in the construction stage that will be launched in the near future. Now for
those of you that didn't get bored with the computer stuff, here is some information
on the current fishing conditions in the smokies.

We have not been able to fish at all during the past week. That is very sad and
unusual because if you want to rate "fishing" in terms of "catching", then I would say
it was as good if not better this past week as any week so far this year. All of the
environmental conditions were near perfect except for the water levels. In the event
you were one of those anglers out "bothering" the spawning brown trout, the low
water made it even easier for you to spot the them and easier for you to catch
them. Otherwise, the low water made it more difficult to catch the fish that were not
You will notice no one that caught a large brown trout will admit they caught it
anywhere near a redd. Just in case there are any of your dumb enough to believe
it, all of the big browns that were caught were either males (as if they have no part
in the spawning process) or females that had already spawned.

Reports from others we received, such as the following one, indicated that catching
was good. I received this email yesterday from a North Carolina angler. I will omit his
name because I didn't ask his permission to post this.

Hey thanks!!!  I fished the Bradley above Chasteen the first day and the O near
Tow String (not so good).  Bradley Fork was great.  I now have a new definition of
pocket water.  Spooked a couple of very large browns, but didn't hook any.  Caught
several nice little rainbows and browns.
The next day I fished Kanati branch and had about 5 brookies in an hour with my 6
foot rod, but being alone I decided to fish something slightly less treacherous.  I
walked across the street and fished up Beech Flats Prong.  Was doing real well
with a #20BWO.  I had a slam in no time, but then switched to a #18 olive caddis
and was laughing out loud at the number of fish I was catching!!  Most notable was
a beautiful 10 inch rainbow.  No big browns, but it will keep me coming back.

Once again i appreciate the info on the web and publications from yourself, Ian
Rutter, and Mr. Craig...  I really felt as if I had fished the area before.  Can't wait to
get back in the spring and fish Straight Fork, Bunches Creek and Enloe/Raven.   

That should give you an idea of the conditions last week but thing are changing
because it is raining. That should put everything back on track to more normal
conditions and may even cloud the water enough to allow those browns (and brook
trout) that haven't completed their spawning cycle to do so without being spotted
and disturbed.

Please note that we have added 15 new fly selections (sets of flies) to our
Fly Site. Four are for trout, seven for other freshwater species such as bass, pike,
musky, bream, etc and four are for
saltwater flats, inshore and offshore species.
Please check these out (click on selections) and if you are not interested at the
time, keep in mind they would make great gifts for you family and friends that fly fish.

Copyright 2008 James Marsh