Hatches Made Easy:
There are over a thousand species of the cicadas. It is a large tree hopper.
There get into the water by falling off trees overhanging the banks as well as
other streamside vegetation. They are usually about an inch long.
These insects are usually about an inch long and average a hook size 6 or 8.
They are usually green but they have red and black markings on them.
The cicadas hatch every two or three years but there are some species that only
hatch every 13 to 17 years, depending on the species.
They shed their shucks in the trees and become adults. They proceed to find a
mating partner with some very wild sounds much like a siren.
The larvae usually have green bodies. Imitations of the inch worm will serve to
imitate them. The adults which are moths, are usually a gray color. Some of
them have spots on them. Their wings are also gray. The adults usually appear
during the last part of April through the month of August.
Leafhoppers also called jassids, treehoppers, and plant hoppers. They are
usually green or yellow. The jassids are black with red and yellow markings.
These insects both jump and fly and sometimes get into the water most likely not
realizing the danger. They range in size from a hook size 20 down to a 16.
It is very common to see various types of bees during the summer months. I
would assume they accidentally get into the water but I have really never noticed
them there. At least fly patterns have been developed for them for the Smokies. I
have personally never used one.
This is another insect that is plentiful in the Smokies. Just how many of them get
into the water is anyone's guess. I have talked to anglers that fish the Smokies
who use imitations of the wasp, so I would guess that they could be effective.
Again, I have never used one. Along with the wasp, there is no shortage of
other stinging insects such as yellow jackets and hornets. It is a good idea to
catch a few hornets and throw them into the..............just kidding.
This is another miscellaneous terrestrial insect that some anglers use. According
to Angie, they are on every leaf of every tree in the Great Smoky Mountains
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