Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.
Konchu on Sep 20, 2009September 20th, 2009, 8:04 am EDT
Just got back from a trip to the North Carolina side of the Smokies. Drunella tuberculata (probably the conestee form) is getting ready to hatch there. Most of the other bugs of decent size that I saw were relatively young.
Pastorray on Nov 26, 2009November 26th, 2009, 3:19 am EST
Yes, I'm new to this site and was wondering if you have done any fly fishing in the Smokies during the winter...say Jan., or Feb.? I've done some in April on the NC side and did rather well, but like to try it in colder weather... Thanks , Pastor Ray
Teddyp on Nov 26, 2009November 26th, 2009, 12:27 pm EST
I live on the NC side and fish the smokies throughout the year. The winter fishing is pretty good, but obviously slow as the temperatures drop, but don't get as cold as up north. Nymphing through the winter when the sun is out can be good!
Taxon on Nov 26, 2009November 26th, 2009, 4:02 pm EST
Hi Luke. Interesting. Must have (somehow) missed your post when you made it on September 20. Haven't previously seen any emergence dates for Drunella tuberculata, but they must one of the latest-emerging Drunella species.
CrUNChstONE on Jan 3, 2010January 3rd, 2010, 6:49 am EST
Your best bet would be Abrams Creek because it originates underground and the water stays warmer during the winter than anywhere else in the park. P.S. Try BWO's, midges, and little black stone fly nymphs.