08/14/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives (Little Eastern BWOs)
2.    Mahogany Duns
3.    Cream Cahills
4.    Little Yellow Stoneflies (Little Summer Stones)
5.    Little Green Stoneflies
6.    Slate Drakes
7. .  Sculpin, Minnows (streamers)
8.    Inch Worms
9.    Grasshoppers
10.  Ants
11.  Beetles
12.  Craneflies
13.  Flying Ants

Dang, I'm Getting Old:
I noticed that today was the final day of the FLW Forest Wood Cup Tournament being
held at Lake Ouathica Arkansas. My first thought was that it has been a long time
since I fished Lake Ouathica. That had to have been in the late 1960s.

My second thought was remembering having to take a puff from a cigar when my
friend Mike Whitaker, owner of the old Red Man Pro Bass Circuit, had just been
informed Irwin Jacobs (Genmar) was purchasing his company for a healthy sum of
money. That was done so he could get a head start on what is now the FLW Bass Pro
circuit sponsored by Walmart. I like to have chocked to death but Mike insisted I had
to take a puff. We were in downtown Ft. Lauderdale looking at fancy automobiles in
the Toy Automobile stores. Whitaker's Red Man circuit is what's now the FLW circuit.

My third thought came while watching the flashing pictures on the website when I
noticed Scott Martin was leading the tournament. That's Roland Martin's son, in case
you may not know, and someone I haven't laid eyes on since he was about 8 or
maybe 10 years old. I talked to Scott early in the morning just before departing on a
sailfishing trip I set up to take Roland on out of Palm Beach Florida. It was video taped
by ESPN and later aired as one of Roland's TV shows. We were fishing on a 63 foot
Monterey Boat but I had another Monterey factory boat take Mary Ann, Roland's wife
and their son Scott, so they could tag along nearby and enjoy the day during the trip
offshore. The last time I saw Scott was that afternoon when we returned to the dock.
Looking back in my mind, I still see him as a little boy with a big smile on his face.
Looking at the pictures of him today, it's obvious he is a very mature, fully grown man
set to win the FLW Cup Tournament.
Good Luck Scott.       FLW Website

Needlefly (Stonefly ) - Adults
A few days after the Needleflies (Stoneflies) hatch, the females will return to the
stream to deposit her eggs. This usually occurs during the late afternoons later on in
the season during late September and October, but during late August and the first of
September, this could occur near dark and possibly even after dark. The first hatches
and subsequent egg laying activity starts in the high elevations. As the weather cools,
the hatches and subsequent egg laying activity continues at lower elevations as the
days progress. The warmer and brighter the day, the later the activity occurs.

When they are depositing their eggs, the adults flutter just above the surface and
actually touch the water with their wings while they are still flying. The trout are not shy
about taking the egg layers. This isn't at all an unusual activity. It's common to see
trout eating the egg layers on the surface in the late summer and early Fall. Although
most of the activity is in the high to mid-elevation streams, you will find them just about
everywhere there's fast water.

There's an amazing difference in the way these stoneflies look flying than they look
when they're not flying. They look much like larger caddisflies when they are flying but
as you can see, they are small very narrow, long flies. When the wings open up and
are fluttering to keep the insect airborne, they look much larger than they actually are.
I suspect many anglers think these stoneflies are caddisflies.

Catching trout on our "Perfect Fly" Needlefly Adult is fairly simple. Just get the fly on
the water wherever you see them depositing their eggs. We usually work upstream
in the small streams working the small pools out first, including the tails and heads of
them. Most of the time the females are near the heads of the pools where the faster
water from the riffle or run enters the pool.

Cast the fly in the riffles or run coming into the pools and allow it to drift into the head
of the pool. We prefer to make several short cast, rather than rely on a drift in the
slower water. You will often see the trout seem to come out of nowhere from the
deeper water of the pools and take the fly.


























Perfect Fly "Needle Stonefly Adults"

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