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)
Some Short Notes:
I got to go by Troutfest yesterday morning but didn't have but a few minutes to spend there. I
did get to pick up a copy of the Troutfest Journal that includes an article "Smoky Mountain
Trout Flies" that I wrote. Mr. Neil Smith did an excellent job of putting the Journal together. It's
well laid out and very well illustrated.
Yellowstone National Park Season Opener:
The fishing season for Yellowstone National Park opens this weekend, May 26. I have been
spending some time on our Yellowstone website trying to get ahead of the opening. Right
now things are in run-off mode and there's not much fishing opportunity anywhere in
Yellowstone Country even though the general Montana season opened last week.
New Yellowstone Fly Fishing Book:
Angie and I will be included in a new book on fly fishing Yellowstone that's coming out this
Summer. The book "Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park - An Insider's Guide To The Best
50 Places written by Nate Schweber, will give our insight on Grayling Creek, one of the most
overlooked streams in the park.
KISS Bug Series:
I'm just about caught up covering the various insects and other trout foods in the streams of
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I have run behind schedule all Winter and Spring
getting to the various insects before they started to hatch. The unusually warm weather we
experienced for the past three months put me in a catch up mode since February.
There's one insect that's not on the above list that should be - the Mighty Inchworm.
KISS A Bug Series - Inchworms (Moth)
The inchworm, also called the spanworm, looper, sour worm and measuring worm, is the
larva stage of life for the moth. There are numerous species of them.
-Inchworms are a yellowish/green color. Most of them are green. At times the worm-like
larvae will suspend several inches from limbs on a silk thread they produce. They do this
hanging act when they are ready to pupate. It is common for them to fall into the water. In
fact, if they are suspended over the water, they are going to fall into the water.
A good time to try an inchworm pattern would be when you spot a few of them hanging
from tree limbs, especially during those times when a major hatch is not underway, which
is ninety percent of the time. We have been finding inchworms around our home in Pigeon
Forge now for almost a month. If you have not spotted any of them around the banks of the
streams, it's very unlikely there will be any in the water. That doesn't mean you can't catch
fish on the fly. You probably can even if there are no inch worms simply because the fly also
closely resembles other food such as Rock Worms (free living caddis larvae) and some of
the net-spinning caddis larvae.
The different species of inchworms pupate at different times of the year. You will find
them throughout the Summer but heavy only at certain times. Once the trout have seen
them, it doesn't seem to matter if they are lots of them or not.
I will have more on the inchworms day after tomorrow. Tomorrow will be time for another Fly
Fishing Strategy article.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh