10/07/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives (Little BWOs)
2.    Mahogany Duns
3.    Little Yellow Quills (
Heptagenia Group)
4.    Little Yellow Stoneflies
5.    Needle Stoneflies
6.    Slate Drakes
7.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
8.    Grasshoppers
9.    Ants
10.  Beetles
11.  Craneflies
12.  Great Brown Autumn Sedge

Delayed Harvest Trout Streams
A rapidly increasing classification of trout fishing water is expanding across the
country called "Delayed Harvest" waters along with other similar designations. I
believe this was first started by the state of North Carolina but I could be wrong. I do
know North Carolina has added several DH streams during the past few years. Most
of the streams that have come under this type of regulation seem to have done well
and provided additional fishing opportunity for anglers. Other states have followed the
success of delayed harvest stream management tactics. The basic theory behind this
management is that streams that become too warm for the majority of trout to survive
during the warmest months of the year, can offer opportunity for those that fish only
for sport during the cold months as well as plenty of food for those that want to keep
and eat trout at the end of the cold season.

I am sure many of you are familiar with the typical DH regulations and the reasoning
behind it, but sticking to my new commitment to offer more for beginners and those
new to fly fishing, I will provide the basic reasoning behind delayed harvest streams.

Delayed Harvest is a fish management strategy designed to provide a
catch-and-release trout fishery from Fall through Spring which is of course, the cooler
part of the year. After the delayed harvest season ends, the stream is opened for
harvest under the usual or general regulations. Because the trout come from
hatcheries and are not as difficult as wild trout to catch, and due to the fact that they
can be caught more than once, catch rates are usually fairly high over a long period
of time. Most states using this management strategy continue to restock the streams
on a periodic basis to replace trout lost to injury or natural mortality. The high catch
rates are not only popular with the average angler, they provide a learning
opportunity for the new anglers.
I want to stress that this learning opportunity is
true for new anglers only up to a point.
The fact fish can easily be caught
teaches the hooking, fighting and release techniques, but it's of little use in teaching
anglers how to catch wild trout and holdover trout that are not used to being fed in a
hatchery. As long as anglers keep this in mind and understand there's far more to fly
fishing for trout than what a delayed harvest streams provides, it is a good thing in my
opinion.

This management has expanded far beyond the South. Pennsylvania and other
states located in the northern part of the country are using this same type of
management for some of their streams that become too warm for the trout to survive
during the Summer. The only problem I have with Pennsylvania, is they have
overdone it. They have some streams that have a relatively high population of
stream- born wild trout that have this management regulation imposed on them.
That's typical of any and all "government" regulation and on all levels from the
Federal Government down to the lowest forms of local government.

Here's some links to some states with DH trout stream management.
http://www.fish.state.pa.us/fishpub/summary/delayedartificial.html

http://www.tn.gov/twra/fish/StreamRiver/stockedtrout/stockedtrout.html

http://wnctrout.com/regs.html#delayed

Well, you can look this up as well as I can

Copyright 2011 James Marsh