06/09/12

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


Getting Close to Terrestrial Time
For those that may not know, terrestrial insects are insects that are born on land and remain
on land all their life unless they are blown into the water by wind or accidentally get into the
water some other way. They probably don't have the intelligence to know that water is
dangerous to their well being and just land there by chance as well as anywhere else. The
most common terrestrial insects are ants, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets and moth larvae.
There are several others.

About this time of the year, and especially this unseasonably warm year, many of the aquatic
insects (insects born in the water) have hatched and are in the egg or tiny size nymphal or
larval stage of their life. Such insects are Quill Gordons, Blue Quills, Hendricksons, Winter
Stoneflies, Little Brown Stoneflies, Little Black Caddis and others. The list of food you see
above will be reduced during the next month down to only a very few aquatic insects as
compared to what the list is now. This is one reason why terrestrial insects become
important. Another reason is that about this time of the year, the terrestrial insects have
become grown and are far more subject to getting into the water than they are when they are
immature. They are also large enough and provide enough food to get the
trout's attention.

It isn't normal for a terrestrial insect to get into the water. Most of the time the moth larvae
and grasshoppers get into the water because they are blown in by high winds. Most of the
ants and beetles that get in the water are washed in by heavy rainfall. Naturally, these
periods of time increase your odds of fishing imitations of the terrestrials; however, it isn't a
necessary requirement of catching trout on imitations of them.. You can catch trout on
imitations of these insects anytime.


imitations of terrestrial insects in the Smokies.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
This is our "Perfect Fly" Japanese Beetle They
come in hook sizes 14 and 16.
Upper left - flying ant, upper right -
inch worm (moth larva), left is a
common grasshopper.