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
4.   Midges

Weekend Weather/Water Outlook for the Smokies:
The conditions for fishing in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is okay at this
time, although the water is high. Tomorrow and this weekend, it will depend on just
how much rain we get. There's a 20 percent chance of rain late today, increasing
tonight to a 100%.

Friday they are predicting a 100% chance of more rain until late Friday night when
it should turn to snow. The chances are slightly reduced down to 70%. It doesn't
look good for this weekend at the present time. It should continue to snow Saturday
then change to rain in the afternoon. These predictions are for Gatlinburg, at 1900
feet elevation, so that means it should continue to snow throughout most of the
park. There's 9 inches of snow on Mt. LeConte, and 7 at Newfound Pass now.

There isn't anything wrong with the snow. There are no extremely low temperatures
predicted up until that point. Those conditions can provide some great fishing
opportunities, but there is more too it than that. The chances of the streams being
blown out are good at this time. We will have to wait another day to get a better idea.

An article I Had Forgotten:
We finished the Blue Quills some time ago, but I was thinking about a big rainbow
Angie lost on the Middle Prong of Little River this morning, and then I remembered
this article I did about her big Blue Quill Rainbow. I'm not trying to write
another big fish story, but rather show what the Blue Quill hatch can do for the

Basics of Fly Fishing - Trout Food Series - Mayflies - Part 24
We are to the final stage of life of what many anglers consider one of the most
important mayflies that hatches in the Smokies, the Quill Gordon. This is the stage
that many anglers are totally unaware of and unfortunately, have never fished -
Quill Gordon spinner.

Copyright 2010 James Marsh