Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
1. BWOs (Little and baetis BWOs)
2. Little Yellow Quills
3. Slate Drakes
4. Needle Stoneflies
Most available/ Other types of food:
5. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
The Low Down Black Fly - Part Four
The Adult Black Fly doesn't stay on the surface of the water very long when it emerges. It changes
from its pupal stage of life into an adult on the bottom of the stream. According to what I found
researching this insect, scientists believe that the two wings of the adult are enclosed within a
bubble of air until it reaches the surface of the water. The theory is the wings are dry when they
reach the surface and the fly is able to escape the water instantly.
The only way I would know for certain is to raise some of them in an aquarium and I haven't quite
gone that far. I doubt if Angie would go along with that. That's all I need. A few dozen biting black
flies hatching in the house. I'll take their word for it.
The adult females do return to the water to deposit their eggs. The trout have the second
opportunity to eat them at that time.
We present the "Perfect Fly" Adult Black Fly the same way we would any dry fly when we are trying
to imitate the newly emerged flies or egg layers. In pocket water, that is usually done with a short
up and across presentation.
If the water is very smooth or slow moving and the trout tend to spook rather easily, we usually use
a down and across presentation. Most of our experience using this fly has been on the South
Holston Tailwater, but as I said in yesterday's article, the back fly exist in many different trout
streams. It just hasn't been written about as much as the other two winged insects.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh