03/30/13

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    BWOs (Little BWOs)
2.    Midges
3.    Little Winter Stoneflies
4.    Little Brown Stoneflies
5.    Quill Gordons
6.    Blue Quills
7.    Little Black Caddis
8.    Hendricksons/Red Quills

Most available - Other types of food:
9.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)






Quick Update;
I should have added Hendricksons/RedQuills to the "Flies Needed Now" list about a week ago. They
normally start hatching about the last week of March and i forgot to add them. With the recent cold weather,
we probably didn't get any significant hatches but I expect you will be able to see some occurring in the
larger pools with moderate flows this weekend. The Hendrickson and Red Quills are the same mayfly with
the Hendrickson being the female and the Red Quill being the male. They look entirely different. There will
be more on them later, I just wanted to make the correction to the list of flies.

Fly Fishing School - Trout Feeding Zones
Trout have the ability to hold in slow to moderate current without swimming or expending a great amount of
energy. They manage to do this a lot like birds do when they are gliding in the wind without moving their
wings. When they are feeding, trout find the areas where the current concentrates the insects. Anglers
call these places drift lines. Trout will position themselves somewhere along these drift lines. There they will
hold their position and stay focused on what is referred to as their “window of vision”. They must seek an
area of the stream to hold in where the current isn't strong. If they held very long in fast current they would
expend more energy than they could take in. Most often, they accomplish this by seeking a depth where the
current is slowed down by obstructions upstream of their position, usually rocks and boulders.

Sometimes trout are able to position themselves on the slow side of the drift line. The current in the drift line
above or to the immediate side of the trout may be moving along rather fast, but the trout is usually
positioned in slow to moderately moving water where they can view objects that come into their window of
vision. If that food is in the form of nymphs, larvae or pupae drifting underwater, then the distance at which
the trout can view it depends on several factors. The underwater background, amount of available light, and
the clarity and speed of the water are just a few of them. Normally, in very clear water with good light, they
are able to detect the movement of objects that are within several feet of them. Objects on the surface are
viewed entirely different
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