Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Little Black Winter Stoneflies
3. Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish
Current Conditions in the Smokies:
It doesn't look great for fishing in the Smokies for the next few days but right now, it
is okay. I went down to the Little Pigeon River to check it out and it is still flowing well
within its banks. That could change. According to the park's report, we only
received an inch of rain on Mt. LeConte and the same at Newfound Gap. It shows
close to an inch at Cades Cove but down to a half inch most everywhere else.
Little River is currently above 3.0 feet and flowing at 778 cfms at the current time.
Where ever you fish the water is going to be high and dangerous for wading. The
rain is predicted to stop today. I just don't know how much more is coming down
from the mountains. It should be clear tomorrow and then rain is again in the
forecast for Sunday. I'm really glad to see it. It should help keep the water table up
until it is needed and I am sure it will be at some time in the future.
Basics of Fly Fishing - Trout Food Series - Mayflies - Part 11
I hope you are keeping up or otherwise this article may not make much sense. To
refresh your memory, remember that we are only dealing with what I am calling the
first wave of early season Blue-winged Olive mayfly hatches. These are Baetis
species and various Little BWO species. It does not include the first of the Eastern
BWO hatches that occur in June and the later ones that occur in August,
September and early October. It does not include the second wave of Baetis and
Little BWO hatches that occur in October, November and December. I am only
referring to the Baetis and Little BWO hatches that take place anywhere from now
through May. I will write about them prior to the time these hatches occur. Mayflies
continues with the early season BWO spinners.
Copyright 2010 James Marsh