Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2 . Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3. Little Brown Stoneflies
4. Quill Gordons
5. Blue Quills
6. Little Black Caddis
Current Conditions In The Smokies:
The weather outlook isn't good. There's a flood watch, high wind advisory and other
alerts for tomorrow. According to the forecast, the predicted amount of rain has
been increased since yesterday. Heavy rain for tonight and tomorrow is likely.
Chances are 100 percent again.
Here are the current stream flow conditions at Little River.
We'll just have to wait and see what happens. The streams are already high and
this puts things in a situation that isn't exactly desirable.
Little Brown Stoneflies - Nymphs
Fishing imitations of the nymphs during and just prior to a hatch is the most
productive method to use for both the Taeniopterygidae and Nemouridae
families of Early Brown Stoneflies. Species of both of these families are currently
hatching. As most of you know, at the same time of year these stoneflies are
hatching, there may be a lot of mayfly (Quill Gordon, Blue Quills) and caddisfly
(Little Black Caddis) hatches going on. During this time, most anglers will tend to
fish the dry fly and I certainly don't blame them for that. The only point I want to
make regarding this, is that there are times and places during the late Spring and
early Summer months that fishing an imitation of a Little Brown Stonefly nymph may
be your best bet. Certainly when you observe stoneflies hatching and there are no
other major mayflies or caddisflies hatches taking place, you may find the stonefly
nymph fly to be effective late in the afternoon. The reason for "late in the afternoon"
is that time of day and during the evening is when they migrate to near the banks to
crawl out of the water to hatch.
Prior to hatching, these nymphs stay hidden down between and under the rocks
on the bottom of the stream. They are not very available for the trout to eat. By far
the best time to imitate these nymphs is just prior to the time a hatch begins. Since
there are several different species of these stoneflies, this may be anytime from late
Winter to early Summer. This is still late Winter, not Spring. Because there are so
many species, there's no way to determine exact dates, so the best way to
determine if a hatch is occurring is to observe the stream side vegetation and rocks.
If you see any adult stoneflies (or shucks) that are less than five-eights of an inch
long, they are probably Little Brown Stoneflies. They can get larger, depending on
the species. If no other major hatches of mayflies or caddisflies are occurring, you
should fish an imitation of the Little Brown Stonefly nymph. By the way, it's a good fly
to go to with the water high.
You should present the nymph by casting up and across the stream and bringing
the fly back to the bank along the bottom. In many cases you should position
yourself well away from the edge of the water because trout will sometimes intercept
these nymphs in very shallow water right next to the banks. It's not necessary to
only allow the fly to dead drift. You can slowly hand retrieve the fly on the bottom
cross current if necessary to get it back to the bank.
It is best to do this early in the mornings or late in the afternoons. If you don't get
any results, most likely the hatch has already ended. These stoneflies can live for
several days. If you are lucky, you may find the hatch is underway and you may just
experience some fast action as a result of it.
If you observe the banks of the stream early and late in the day, you may find the
stoneflies actually hatching. If the weather is cold, you may find the adults crawling
on the banks before they fly off in a fairly inactive state. On very cold days after a
hatch starts, you may find them in the road on the black top pavement where the
asphalt has absorbed the heat of the sun. In summary, if you start seeing small, little
dark brownish red or brown adult stoneflies in the late winter or early spring, and no
major mayfly or caddisfly hatch is underway, try fishing a imitation of a stonefly
nymph along the banks early in the day or late in the afternoon. Don't use an
indicator. Weight the fly and keep it on the bottom.
This is our "Perfect Fly" Little Brown Stonefly nymph. By the way, the color is off on
this image. The picture is too reddish. The abdomen is more of a brown color. I
always have plenty of things to do or fix. We have these in hook sizes 8, 10, 12 and
14. Right now you need 12's and 14's.
This fly may appear to be hard or not flexible but that's not the case at all. It's very
flexible and everything tends to return to its original shape when bent. At the same
time, its very durable. That's a turkey biot tail, mottled turkey wing, wing case, mono
nylon eyes, legs and antennae. The thorax is dubbed. Most everyone that tries out
Stonefly nymphs, and all of our other flies for that matter, reorder more. Our
customers rave about their effectiveness in streams from all across the U. S. and
Down and Dirty (some are clean) Tips and Recommendations for Fly
Fishing Destinations - Part 33
Just keep in mind that it is strictly one opinion that happens to be mine. The intent is to hopefully
give those interested a general idea of what to expect. Most likely every guide, affiliated business
entity and local angler will have a different opinion. These streams also have full coverage on our
Perfect Fly Stream Section.
Rock Creek Montana
I goofed yesterday and linked only one page of the Rock Creek Stream Guide. I did
even worse. I linked the entire article under the "article" page to the day before
yesterday's article. If you happened to hit the right button and read the Rock Creek
article, unless you clicked "back" you didn't see the other pages and pictures of this
beautiful stream. I'll leave the link here in case you didn't.
Perfect Fly "Rock Creek" stream section
2011 James Marsh