06/16/12

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
14.  Ants


Crane Fly Larvae

Tupilidae, or Craneflies, are the largest family of true flies. They exist in both the aquatic and
terrestrial varieties. Some are unclassified as to terrestrial or aquatic varieties. There are
over three-hundred species of them in North America. The terrestrial varieties are always
found in areas where the ground is moist. If they get into a trout stream,it's because their
larvae are washed into the water that's draining into the stream. The larvae cannot swim and
are usually eaten by trout.

The larvae cannot swim and are usually eaten by trout when they are washed in the water by
rainfall. They are found around every stream in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The larvae are found in a wide variety of habitats, ranging from fast-flowing streams,
marshes, springs, seeps, tree holes, algal growth or mosses on rock faces near water,
organic mud and accumulated decomposed leaves and rotting wood.

The best times to fish cranefly larvae imitations would be following heavy rains. Since the
larvae get washed in from the banks and by small drainage flows, it's probably best to fish
near the banks and the rainwater drainage inlets.

The pupae of the cranefly species are not important to anglers. Both the terrestrial and
aquatic species pupae are found on land. The aquatic species larvae migrate to land before
pupating. During the pupae stage of life they stay under the soil, leaves and logs for about a
month.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
Our "Perfect Fly" Crane Fly larva Fly looks much like most of the large fat, worm-like larvae.
Most of them we have found in the park are a cream or tan color.