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
Early Season Strategies - Part 2
I am continuing from yesterday's article on strategies for fishing the early season in
the Smokies, so if you didn't read it, I suggest you do. If you do, this article will make
a lot more sense to you.
Assuming first that you are fishing before anything really begins to hatch, such as
would probably be the case today, and you did not begin to see any flies coming off
the water in the warmer part of the day, you should continue to fish the same
nymphs I suggested - Blue-winged Olives and Blue Quill nymphs in the marginal,
moderate and slow water sections and the Quill Gordon nymph imitation in the
pockets. That should produce all day long. I cannot over stress the importance
of making the right presentation of any of these flies. Just having the best fly
tied on, is just a part of it. It takes both to achieve maximum success.
The only other option I would recommend, would be the streamer. Unless you spot
an individual trout to fish to, I would wait until near the end of the day to fish a
streamer unless the skies were very overcast or dark.
Near the end of the day you should try fishing an imitation of the Little Brown
Stonefly nymph, or Little Winter Stonefly nymph, one or the other. This should be
more effective than blind fishing a streamer. You should fish them from the fast
water back to the banks. I have recently described the methods you should use in
articles this past February 13th and 14th. Click on Articles at the top of any main
page and look near the end of the list for these articles.
In this "no hatch" scenario, remember, fishing the nymphs as I have described will
bring you the highest odds of success.
Now lets move to another scenario where something does hatch during the warmest
part of the day. Lets suppose you start seeing some Little Black Caddis coming off
the water. In that event, you should immediately swap to an imitation of the Little
Black Caddis (American Grannom) pupa. I have described how to fish this stage of
the hatch in recent articles. Articles on February 9, 10 and 11 will detail this hatch.
You should fish the pupa imitation until you start seeing trout take the flies on the
surface. This may not happen and in that case continue with the pupa fly. If you do
see the feeding on the surface, switch to the adult Black Caddis imitation.
It will be doubtful, at the first part of the almost month long hatch, that the adults are
already starting the egg laying process, but later, in the event this hatch is
underway, you would fish the adult imitation as late as permitted for the egg layers.
This procedure is also outlined in the above mention articles.
Tomorrow, I will go into a scenario whereas you see some Quill Gordons coming off
the water. That will be followed by a BWO hatch and a Blue Quill hatch scenario.
Finally, we will get into multiple hatches, for those that don't know, meaning all three
mayflies, Little Brown Stoneflies and Caddisflies are hatching. By the way, that won't
be near as far away as it seems. In fact, it will happen within the next three