Copyright 2013 James Marsh
Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. BWOs (Little BWOs)
2. Giant Black Stoneflies
3. Light Cahills
4. Cinnamon Caddis (mostly Abrams)
5. Eastern Pale Evening Duns
6. Little Short-horned Sedges
7. American March Browns
9. Green Sedges
10. Little Yellow Stoneflies
11. Golden Stoneflies
Most available - Other types of food:
12. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
13. Inch Worms
This Week's Featured Trout Food - Moth Larvae
Inchworm is one of many common names for the larvae of moths. They are also called
loopers, spanworms sour worms and measuring worms. At times the worm-like larvae will
suspend several inches from limbs on a silk thread they produce. They do this when they
are ready to pupate. In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park there are numerous
species of them. Here's about a hundred pictures of many different species of them.
Inchworms are usually a yellowish/green color. Most of them are green. At times the worm
like larvae will suspend several inches from limbs on a silk thread they produce. They do
this hanging act when they are ready to pupate. It is common for them to fall into the water.
In fact, if they are suspended over the water, they are going to fall into the water.
A good time to try an inchworm imitation would be when you spot a few of them hanging
from tree limbs, especially during those times when a major aquatic insect hatch isn't
underway, which is about ninety percent of the time. If you haven't seen any of them on the
tree limbs along the banks, it's very unlikely there will be any in the water. That doesn't
mean you can't catch fish on an fly that imitates them. You can probably can catch a few
trout even when there are no inch worms hanging from the trees and bushes. The fly also
closely resembles several other foods trout feed on. One is Rock Worms or free living
caddisfly larvae. The inch worm fly also is a fairly good imitation of some of the
net-spinning caddisfly larvae present in all the streams in the park.
The different species of inchworms pupate at different times of the year. You will find
them throughout the Summer but heavy only at certain times. Once the trout have seen
them, it doesn't seem to matter if they are lots of them or not. They seem to take the fly
regardless of the quantities available.
As with most terrestrial insect imitations, you should fish the "Perfect Fly" Inch Worm Fly
near the banks, concentrating on those with overhanging limbs of trees and bushes.
Most of the small streams have tree limbs that about cover the entire width of the stream.
The Inchworm fly can be fished with or without any added weight A very good method is
to use a large fly such as a hopper as an indicator, and fish the inchworm larvae imitation
below it at a depth depending upon the depth of the water you are fishing. Not only is the
large fly a good strike indicator, it may also get some action from the trout. Our larger
size Sandwich Hoppers work great for this.
Of course, you can also use a strike indicator. We almost always fish the fly without an
indicator, or a large dry fly tandem rig. You can detect the strike simply by watching your
line and leader. That's our preferred way of fishing the fly but it does require more
concentration to detect strikes.
New Schedule of Daily
Mondays: Weather and Stream
Conditions Forecast - Coming Week
Tuesdays: Fly Fishing Strategies -
Which Flies To Use - Coming Week
Wednesday: Fishing Tales
Thursday: Smoky Mountains Fishing
Friday: Getting Started
Saturday: Fly Fishing School
Sunday: This Week's Featured Trout
More Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us with the dates you will be
fishing the park and we will send
you a list of our fly suggestions.
Please allow up to 24 hours for a
2. Call us at 800-594-4726 and we
will help you decide which flies you
3. Call or email us with a budget for
flies and we will select them and get
them to you in time for your trip.
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orders of any size. Orders over $50
are shipped free via Priority Mail.
We call the fly on your
right a "Mean Green
Weenie". We sell this
one for $.79 each
delivered to your door
or mail box.
It imitates watermelon
rind that falls off picnic
tables in the park after
they have been partially
eaten by ants.
Well, would you believe
it, never mind.
A real inch worm taken from a tree in our yard. It is an inch
and a quarter long stretched out. Trout probably wouldn't
eat it since it is oversized.
This is our "Perfect Fly" Inchworm. After collecting and
photographing about a hundred moth larvae over a years
time, we came up with this imitation because we felt it
imitated more species of them closer than anything else we
could come up with. We wanted a slightly more realistic
imitation for clear, slower moving water. Most of the bottoms
of the moth larvae are darker colors than the top side and
most seem to be gray. It works even in the crystal clear
Spring Creeks of Pennsylvania.