04/14/13

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    BWOs (Little BWOs
2.    Little Brown Stoneflies
3.    Quill Gordons
4.    Blue Quills
5.    Little Black Caddis
6.    Hendricksons/Red Quills
7.    Little Short-horned Sedges
8.    American March Browns

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






This Week's Featured Trout Food - American March Brown - Part 2
There are some advantages when fishing hatches of American March Browns and there are also some
disadvantages. Compared to most mayflies, it's a strange hatch. The single biggest problem with fishing the
hatch is the fact it last over a long period of time, even at a particular location or area of a stream. Off hand,
that sounds like it would be a good thing, and it would if it were not for the fact that they hatch sporadically,
and in low numbers. There are times you may see a few duns coming off the water but most of the time you
will only find a few emerging. Although it is a very common mayfly in the streams of the Smokies, and
although the streams are usually full of the large nymphs, the long duration of the hatch rarely concentrates
the mayflies. In the Smokies, these mayflies may hatch from the first or second week of April all the way to
the middle of June. There's another problem with the hatch. Most mayfly hatches take place in less than an
hour, maybe a little longer on cloudy, overcast days, whereas the American March Browns may hatch off
and on for three hours or more. The only concentration you will usually find is during the spinner fall. It takes
place near dark and usually happens in less than an hour.

Fishing American March Brown hatches has its advantages. Although the insects emerge in the slow to
moderate water, it's always very close to the fast water runs and riffles where they have spent their entire
life. The newly emerged duns easily get caught up in the fast water. This gives anglers a big advantage
because the trout feeding on them usually only have a split second to examine an imitation of the dun. This
isn't to say that the fly you use to imitate the dun isn't important. More realistic imitations will always result in
a higher percentage of hookups. There are times and places in the fast pocket water that a trout can get a
good look at the fly. There are situations where a poor imitation may be rejected by the trout.
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