Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.   Blue-winged Olives
2.   Little Black Winter Stoneflies
3.   Quill Gordon Mayflies
4.   Blue Quill Mayflies
5.   Little Brown Stoneflies
6.   Little Black Caddis (American Grannoms)
7.   Hendricksons and Red Quills
8.   Little Short Horned Sedges
9.   Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
10  Midges

Current Weather and Stream Conditions in the Smokies;
The weather is as good as it could possible be. Today's high is going to be 72
degrees in Gatlinburg, tomorrow 78 and Friday 81. There will be plenty of sunshine.
It is amazing to me, although I have seen it happen for years, just how quick the
plants can change. All of a sudden there is color bursting out everywhere. It seems
to happen in just one or two days. Most likely you are seeing the same thing where
you live.

Yesterday afternoon, driving down the main Pigeon Forge drag headed South into
the Spur, I couldn't quite believe what I was seeing. The sun was just right to show
the mountains and guess what. There was still lots of snow. It appears it starts about
4500 - 5000 feet but that's guessing. The precipitation report shows there's 3
inches at Newfoundland Gap and 9 inches at LeConte. There is one thing certain. It
want last very long. I suppose it will have some cooling effects on the water
temperature but it want outdo the warming trend's effect on the streams.

The stream levels are all high right now, but they will be falling fast. The hatches will
go on in full blast mode and the Hendricksons and Red Quills and the Little Black
Caddis I have written about the past few days will appear very soon. Right now the
Quill Gordons and Blue Quills will advance upstream fast. The fishing will be about
as easy as it can possible get within the next couple of days.  

It is always interesting to me, to hear the excuses that anglers come up with when all
the conditions do seem perfect. There will be plenty of them. You will hear about too
many fisherman and too many tourist. It want be very long until it will be the tubers
and kayaks. Those excuses will work until the April showers blow the streams out a
time or too and then high water will be the most common excuse. Before we know it,
it will be the hot weather and warm water. Of course I have left out six-hundred and
thirty-four others.

Since things are perfect, guess what Angie and I will be doing for the next few days.
We will bypass the great fishing opportunity and visit South Florida, passing the
crowds headed north. I guess you could say we are taking a boating vacation. We
will be on the water everyday but we want be doing much fishing.

I will not be posting a daily article for the next four or more days. This will be
the first days I have missed (other than by accident) in a long time. I noticed today is
the seven-hundredth and forty second article I have written in the daily postings
alone. There are a few hundred more articles in other sections of this site. I hope
you all get to go fishing or at least get to enjoy the outdoors the next few days.  

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