08/24/12

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

Needle Stonefly
Nymphs
(Leuctridae Family of Stoneflies)

I saw a few of these hatching yesterday in the park on one of the high elevation streams. They
were about a hook size 18. We have Perfect Fly imitations in sizes 16 and 18 of the nymphs and
adults. I'll be writing about our fishing trips for the last two days and today later when I have time.
Chris caught lots of rainbows and brook trout yesterday.

The nymphs of the Needle Stoneflies are tiny, slim nymphs that stay hidden down under and
between the small rocks on the bottom. The way we have found them is to simply rake up a inch
deep section of bottom sand and gravel and put it in a white pan. Using a process kind of like
panning gold, we discover them.

I am not sure how many of the nymphs are eaten by trout. I do know they are very plentiful in the
small, high elevation streams and my guess is the trout eat  a lot of them. You will also find them
everywhere there is fast water. They hatch in the riffles but I have seen them coming off at the tail
ends of pools and the heads of pools where the water flows into the pools from riffles or runs.

We fish the nymph without an indicator by placing weight about six inches above the fly. The idea
is to keep it on the bottom. I usually fish in an up and across manner and allow the fly to swing
around in the current to the down and across position.

You may try a strike indicator if you feel uncomfortable fishing by watching your line and leader. I
just use the end of the fly line as a strike indicator and watch for it to stop, jump or act unnatural
with the current.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh