06/06/11
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.    Eastern Pale Evening Duns
9.    Sulphurs
10.  Little Yellow Stoneflies
11.  Little Green Stoneflies
12.  Golden Stoneflies
13.  Slate Drakes
14.  Streamers (Sculpin, Minnows)
15.  Inch Worms
16.  Grasshoppers
17.  Ants
18.  Beetles

Slate Drake - Spinners
The Slate Drake spinners are commonly called "White Gloved Howdys" because
they look like they are wearing white gloves on their front legs. The spinners usually
come back to the stream within two days of the time the hatch occurs. Mating takes
place on shore. The female deposits her eggs by flying just over the surface. They
will dip down slightly into the water to knock the eggs off. This activity usually occurs
very late in the day or after dark.

Unless there's a huge hatch, there's usually not a large numbers of spinners on the
water at any one time.  

If you see females laying eggs on the surface of the water, you have the ideal
situation. You want to place your Perfect Fly spinner imitation in the same type of
area. You may possible find a trout feeding on the spinners and be able to cast to
the individual fish. That is not often the case and most of the time you will be fishing
blind.

The females deposit their eggs in the same type of water they emerged from. This
is usually calmer areas of water in fast moving, pocket water streams. Usually a
down and across presentation works best. At the ends of the long runs and riffles
where the spinners congregate in the smoother, slower flowing water, this gets the
fly to the trout before they can see your leader or fly line. You do want to keep a
drag free drift when imitating the spinners. The exact type of presentation greatly
depends on the particular type of water you are fishing.



























Perfect Fly Slate Drake Spinner. This fly comes in hook sizes 10 and 12.

2011 James Marsh