06/03/12
Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    Little BWOs
2.    Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
3.    Cinnamon Caddis (Mostly Abrams Creek)
4.    Light Cahills
5.    Little Yellow Stoneflies (Yellow Sally)
6.    Sulphurs
7.    Slate Drakes
8.    Golden Stoneflies
9.    Little Green Stoneflies

Most available/ Other types of food:
10.  Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
11.  Inch Worm (moth larva)
12.  Beetles
13.  Grasshoppers

KISS A Bug Series - Little Green Stoneflies
Adult

As with most all stoneflies, the Little Green Stoneflies lay their eggs during the daylight
hours, usually in the afternoon; however, they are much more prone to do so late or during
the evening hours. About the only difference we have noticed in them and the Little Yellow
Stonefly egg laying activity is the Little Greens seem to deposit them at the tail ends of the
pools more often than the little yellows. I have also ready in more than one aquatic insect
book that the little Chloroperlidae species (Little Greens) prefer water slightly slower than
most other stoneflies. I cannot verify that because they also deposit them in the riffles and
runs and far more often than the tail ends of pools. Wherever you observe the Little Greens
depositing their eggs is exactly where you want to place the "Perfect Fly" Little
Green Stonefly adult fly.

On more than one occasion we have found some rather very large hatches where the egg
layers were in full swing in the late afternoons during approaching thunderstorms. We were
able to catch several trout in a very short time on an adult imitation on each occasion. Those
particular hatches took place in mid June two straight years in a row in Great Smoky
Mountains National Park. I am not sure which species of Little Green Stonefly they were but I
did note that they were hatching and depositing their eggs in moderately flowing water, not
real fast water.

I would suggest that you always carry at least a couple of "Perfect Fly" Little Green Stonefly
Adult imitations in case you encounter a hatch of these stoneflies. In most cases, during the
egg laying event, an up and across presentation of the fly works just fine.

The problem many anglers have with these and other stoneflies is they stop fishing too early
in the afternoons. If you fish late in the day you can often find the egg laying activity
occurring when there's still plenty of light. A very cloudy or drizzling rainy afternoon is the
best conditions to find them depositing their eggs. The activity will start earlier in the
afternoon and last much longer while there is plenty of light left.

The type of presentation you make isn't really that important. You just want to get the fly in
the same areas the Little Green Stoneflies are laying their eggs. They are easy to see and
dart across the surface trying to knock the eggs off although they also light on the water for
a few seconds at times.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
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.....2012 Troutfest Journal article:
"Smoky Mountain Trout Flies"