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
10. Little Yellow Stoneflies
11. Little Green Stoneflies
12. Golden Stoneflies
13. Slate Drakes
14. Streamers (Sculpin, Minnows)
15. Inch Worms
Inchworms, Loopers, Spanworms
All the above names are common names of caterpillars, or geometer moth larvae.
The Geometridae family of moths only has about 35,000 species. Don't let that
upset you because only about 1200 species of them are found in North America.
Most all of these terrestrial insects eat leaves and are therefore commonly found in
bushes and trees. To simplify it, I will just call these moth larvae inchworms.
For the angler's concerns, far more important than the large number of species, is
the fact that trout take imitations of these moth larvae as other food found drifting in
the streams of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is especially true when
the imitation is being presented in fast water where the trout only get a short
glimpse of the fly.
Imitations of the inchworms also look much like free-living caddis larvae which are
very common in the streams of the Smokies. The smaller ones also look like the
net-spinning caddis larvae (when suspended from their shelter) which represent
about 70% of all caddisfly larvae found in trout streams. In other words, they look
like most all caddisfly larvae except cased-caddis larvae.
It's also a fact that when a large number of these insects drop down from trees and
bushes into the water, they become a source of food for the trout. Especially on
windy days, at the right time of the year, this can provide a decent source of food
for the trout. In the park, I believe they are a far more important terrestrial food for
trout than grasshoppers, for example. I'm not certain about ants or beetles, but in
my book they are more readily available for trout to eat that crickets or
Our Perfect Fly Company currently sells two types of imitations of these insects.
One is the common low-priced generic version (Green Weenie) sold by fly shops
that's simple and easy to tie. It is nothing more than Chenille wrapped around a
hook. We sell these flies at $.70 each delivered to you free of charge.
This is our Perfect Fly imitation of the inch worm. They are far better imitations of
the real things and have proven very effective. We sell them for $2.25 each
because they cost much more to tie. Most anglers that have tried both versions,
have ended up buying more of these than the generic flies but that's up to the
Although today is the 13th, normally an unlucky number, we want to prove that
wrong. If you order at least a dozen of the generics, which would only be $8.40
including shipping and handling, and make a note of it in the "note" section of the
online order form, (or just call us at 800 -594 4726) we will make it your lucky day
by happily sending you a free sample of our Perfect Fly Inchworm. That way you
can decide which fly you like best.
2011 James Marsh