Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
1. Little BWOs
2. Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
3. Cinnamon Caddis (Mostly Abrams Creek)
4. Little Short Horned Sedges
5. American March Browns
6. Giant Stoneflies
7. Light Cahills
8. Little Yellow Stoneflies (Yellow Sally)
9. Eastern Pale Evening Duns
11. Slate Drakes
12. Golden Stoneflies
Most available/ Other types of available food:
13. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
KISS A Bug Series - Golden Stoneflies
As mentioned in the introduction segment of the Golden Stoneflies, the females can be
found depositing their eggs during the daylight hours in Western and Pacific Coastal trout
streams but for some reason, even the same species tend to deposit them in the evenings in
Eastern and Mid-western trout streams. Also, keep in mint, the adult female Golden
Stoneflies offer the only opportunity to catch trout that are feeding on the adults. The males
never get in the water at all unless they accidentally fall or get blown in the water by strong
winds. They hatch out of the water and they mate and die out of the water. I'm pointing this
out because the only time you need to fish an imitation of an adult Golden Stonefly is during
the egg laying activity.
Cloudy, rainy days can provide an exception to the time the egg laying occurs in the streams
of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If low light situations are present during the
afternoons, you may well find them depositing their eggs before sunset. The females will dip
down to the surface of the water and in essence, knock the clusters of eggs off.
The Perfect Fly imitation of the adult Golden Stonefly is a closed cell foam body fly that floats
high in the water and looks quite realistic. Trout will definitely eat the egg laying Golden
Stoneflies and when they do, they will eat the Perfect fly imitation of them.
The key to the presentation is to watch the water for stoneflies that are depositing their eggs.
That's exactly where you want to place your imitation of the adult Golden Stonefly. They are
large enough that they are easy to spot.
You want to cast the fly to them the easiest way you can get the fly to those same areas.
There's nothing special about the presentation you need to make. As long as the trout
feeding on the egg layers don't see you, any type of presentation that gets the fly in the right
areas of the stream will work.
The female adult Golden Stoneflies deposit their eggs in the same water they hatch from.
This is the faster water of the streams, usually riffles and runs. They are not found in slow
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