08/04/12

Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    BWOs (Little)
2.    Cream Cahills
3.    Little Yellow Stoneflies (Little Summer Stones)
4.    Slate Drakes
5.    Little Green Stoneflies
6.    Mahogany Duns

Most available/ Other types of food:
7.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
8.    Inch Worm (moth larva)
9.    Beetles
10.  Grasshoppers
11.  Ants

Mahogany Duns - Spinners
Yesterday's article included an article I wrote a few years ago about the spinners. If you missed it,
please go back and read it.

Spinners begin to appear within hours after a hatch has taken place. Although these mayflies can
hatch in the early mornings, they usually hatch late in the afternoons, just before dark. It greatly
depends on the species of Mahogany Dun. The spinners fall over the same water they hatch from
which is the calmer areas of water nearby moderate to fast moving water. In most cases the spent
spinners collect at the ends of the long runs and riffles and at the heads of
pools.

Often, a down and across presentation, or a direct downstream slack cast is needed, especially if
the water is very smooth, shallow and clear and it usually is. If you can get by with it, use an up
stream or up and across presentation but much of the time, a downstream approach is needed.
You can almost count on having to use a longer, lighter leader and tippet. It is rare these mayflies
are found in water heavy or rough enough to get by with anything close to being on the heavy
side. Normally a six X or even a seven X tippet is needed to prevent spooking the trout feeding on
the spent spinners.

Often these spinners fall near dark and seeing the fly is almost impossible. It is possible to fish
another move visible fly a foot or two ahead of the Mahogany Dun Spinner but we prefer to watch
for the small rises and slight leader and line movement to detect takes. Don't worry about being
able to actually see the spinners on the water. You won't be able to in most cases. If these mayflies
are hatching and you see the duns, you can rest assured the spinners will fall after the sun has set.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh