Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2 . Blue Quills
3. Cinnamon Caddis (mostly Abrams Creek)
4. Little Brown Stoneflies
5. Hendricksons and the Red Quills
7. Little Short-horned Sedges
8. American March Browns
Report On The Hatch and Weather Changes Taking Place
There are a lot of changes taking place in the hatches and weather. The Quill
Gordons are gone, at least most all of them. I checked some streams as high as
Walkers Camp Prong of the Little Pigeon River, as well as Road Prong, at the time
they should be hatching and didn't find any. There were a very few Blue Quills but
only a few. They too will be gone within a week or so.
On the lower section of Little River and Little Pigeon Rivers, there were a few
Cinnamon Caddisflies here and there. They are just starting to hatch but they will
hatch in very low quantities in all stream but Abrams Creek. We have added them to
the above list of insects. Mentioning Abroms Creek reminds me that the Eastern
Green Drakes also should be starting to hatch there.
I didn't see any Little Brown stoneflies, so I expect they may be nearing the end of
their hatch period. I did find some large Giant Black nymphs about to hatch, or at
least with bulging wing pads, and in shallow water where they shouldn't normally be.
This was in the lower end of Little River. They should start showing up in the near
I didn't find any Hendrickson hatches occurring but I didn't really check the right type
of places. They should still be hatching in the mid to higher elevations but there are
fewer of them in the higher elevations. They want last much longer.
There are plenty of Little Short-horned Sedges. I even found one Little Sister
Caddis adult in the lower Little River, so they are nearing their hatch time. It too is a
very small, isolated and sporadic hatch except for Abrams Creek.
I was in the park about three hours but only fished about an hour and a half, if that
long. Although I was there during the time the insects should be hatching, I saw few
as compared to what I expected. I only caught one trout on a dry fly but it was a nice
ten inch rainbow. I caught four on a Little Short Horned pupa imitation and March
Brown nymph, but that included one 14 inch brown trout. I got in the water in only a
few places, fishing mostly from the banks. I thought that was great under the
circumstances. Two of the five trout were a nice size.
The National Weather forecast has become a little worse than it was when I
mentioned it yesterday. Today should be fairly good, weather wise, with only a 30
percent chance of showers late in the afternoon. It will be a little windy with winds 10
to 20 mph, increasing to 20 to 35 mph with gusts to near 55 mph across some of the
higher elevations and foothills by late afternoon.
Tonight, showers and thunderstorms are likely with strong winds of 35 to 45 mph
with gusts to around 65 mph across some of the higher elevations and foothills.
Chance of rain near 100 percent. That could be dangerous for the campers. They
are expecting showers Saturday morning with slightly lower winds of 20 to 30 mph
but there's an 80 percent chance of rain. If you stick with it, I'm sure you can get
some fishing time in.
American March Brown - Duns
The American March Brown dun is a beautiful mayfly. It's large and colorful and you
would think every big trout in the stream would focus on eating them. They will, but
only if you fish an imitation of the dun in the right places in the stream. Most anglers
fish March Brown dun imitations just like they fish most any other mayfly dun. They
just toss them in the fast water runs and riffles as they progress upstream unaware
that is not where the March Browns hatch. When they do this, every once in a while
they will catch a trout. That's because In the fast water at the right time and place,
an opportunistically feeding trout would eat an imitation of a ghost; or I should say, a
fly that doesn't imitate anything. It's possible that a dun may not get off the water
quick enough to avoid being caught in the fast currents but that approach to fishing
imitations of the dun is a far cry from the most productive approach.
If you are going to imitate a March Brown dun, you need to present the fly in the
places the March Browns hatch. If you are not sure where they hatch then I suggest
you go back and read the first two articles. On cooler days, these duns can
struggle around on the surface long enough to get caught up in the nearby fast
water, but most of the time all but the cripples will be air-borne long before the fast
currents catch them.
If possible, you should present the fly with an upstream or up and across cast. You
can get closer to the fish fishing upstream. However, you may find that may not be
the most productive way to get the fly to a likely spot. A longer downstream or down
and across presentation may prove to be the best way to present the dun imitation. I
don't intend to get into presentation techniques, I just want to point out that you
need to get the fly in the areas of water where the March Browns hatch - that is slow
moving, smooth water that is adjacent to or nearby the fast water where they spend
most of their life. If you do that at the right time and place using a good imitation of
the dun, you will get the type of explosive reaction that makes dry fly fishing so great.
Our "Perfect Fly" imitations of the American March Brown Dun
2011 James Marsh