Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
1. Little BWOs
2. Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
3. Cinnamon Caddis (Mostly Abrams Creek)
4. Light Cahills
5. Little Yellow Stoneflies (Yellow Sally)
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)
Adult Crane Fly
The "Perfect Fly" Adult Crane Fly is a fairly realistic imitation of the cane fly. If you have even
been around a trout stream in the Smokies, you've either had your eyes closed or you have
seen crane flies on the water. They are usually in the shallow, slower moving water or
around the edges of the fast water. Most of the time they seem to be very near the banks. I
would guess that's where it would be best to present the fly to fool the trout feeding on them.
The only problem I have encountered doing this is the water is usually very shallow and, of
course, the trout are very spooky in shallow water.
An adult crane fly has a skinny body, long slender legs, and long wings that lie down on the
insects back. They look like giant misquotes but they are actually harmless. A trout isn't
going to get a very good meal from one of them, that's for sure. Although I have read in
many books and magazine articles that trout do feed on them, I wonder just how much this
occurs. I honestly don't know. I have even seen stream hatch charts that list them.
Adult caneflies fly poorly and tend to hang around streamside vegetation. Small streams with
overhanging trees and bushes tend to have larger concentrations of them than larger, wider
streams. Females deposit their eggs on submerged vegetation or in damp soil, so they are
not available for trout to eat as egg layers.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh