05/09/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Green Sedges (Caddis)
3.    Cinnamon Caddis (mostly Abrams Creek)
4.    Little Sister Caddis (mostly Abrams Creek)
5.    LIght Cahills
6.    Little Short-horned Sedges
7.    American March Browns
8.    Pale Evening Duns
9.    Giant Black Stoneflies
10.  Little Yellow Stoneflies
11.  Streamers (Sculpin, Minnows)
12.  Inch Worms

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Stream and Weather Conditions
The weather will be quite warm this week compared to the last few days. The
forecast shows highs in the mid eighties for most of the week. The long range
forecast shows it cooling off some this weekend with highs in the low seventies
instead of the mid-eighties. It appears there will be a twenty to thirty percent chance
of rain about every day for the next week.

The stream levels are great and with the luck of a few rain showers every once in a
while they should continue to stay in good shape. The lower water levels take a lot
of the luck out of the fishing. The higher, faster water that has been common for the
past month or so, greatly reduced the amount of skill necessary to catch trout. At
times it has been high enough to hamper wading and that can make it tough, but
the trout have been very easy to fool. The current stream levels are more normal
and more enjoyable to fish unless you greatly depend on blind luck.

Recommended Strategies:
At the present time, the trout are focusing more on stonefly nymphs than anything
else. It's the easiest and most available source of food for them to acquire at the
present time. The Giant Blacks are in the middle of their hatch period and crawling
out of the water to hatch every evening. If you fish early in the morning, you should
try a imitation of the Giant Black nymphs. It would also be a good fly to use late in
the day just prior to dark, but at the present time I would suggest you lean towards
the more plentiful Little Yellow Stoneflies, especially if your fishing in the lower
elevations.

As I have written for the last few days, the Little Yellow nymph imitations will get you
far more action than the adult dry fly imitations late in the day, but the egg laying
adults will probably provide more fun. The biggest mistake you can make is to try to
get greedy and fish both the dry and a nymph as a combination. You'll find it greatly
reduces your odds rather than increases them. Keep your stonefly nymph on the
bottom like the naturals. Stonefly nymphs can't swim. They crawl along the bottom.
By the way, based from the forecast, you should probably learn towards fishing the
mid to higher elevations during the coming week.

Our hatch charts show the Golden Stoneflies starting to hatch by this weekend.
Based on the weather outlook, that should start happening this week. The last part
of this month will be stonefly heaven in the park, with all three of these families
hatching.

Other than the stoneflies, you may find some Little Blue-winged Olive hatches,
more so on cloudy days. These will be the smaller species, sizes 18's and 20's.
There will be some Light Cahill hatches occurring in the fast water runs and riffles. I
will be writing about this hatch this week. The March Browns will also be there but
randomly hatching.

The Little Black Short-horned Caddis and the Green Sedges (caddisflies) will be
the main caddisflies you should be prepared to imitate. Neither will show up in large
quantities but if you find them hatching, you should be able to catch trout during the
hatch if you imitate them the right way. If you fish Abrams Creek, check the hatch
chart because the hatches there will vary from the other streams.

If you prefer to fish the generic and attractor, match any and everything flies, your
going to have a much tougher time fooling trout this coming week.

2011 James Marsh