Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. BWOs (eastern BWOs)
2. Cream Cahills
3. Cinnamon Caddis
4. Little Yellow Stoneflies
5. Golden Stoneflies
6. Slate Drakes
7. Little Green Stoneflies
Most available - Other types of food:
8. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
9. Inch Worms
Fly Fishing Strategies - Which Flies To Use - Coming Week
Summer has arrived. As you can see from looking at the above list of foods, we have made several changes.
The list of aquatic insects is getting shorter and the list of terrestrials a little longer but altogether, the list is
getting shorter. One new mayfly, the Cream Cahill was added to the list.
The strategy will vary greatly depending on the type of water you choose to fish. I would suggest you eliminate
the lowest elevations. The water is becoming too warm to fish in the lowest elevations.
Start out in the morning using a Slate Drake nymph. The reason for that is there are more of these large
swimming nymphs than clingers or crawlers. Continue to fish the Slate Drake nymph until you see something
hatching. Most likely that would be Cream Cahills but possibly, Eastern Blue-winged olives or Slate Drakes but
keep in mind the Slate Drake hatch isn't important. The Slate Drake nymphs crawl out of the water to hatch
and it is a complete waste to fish an imitation of the dun. If you see Slate Drake duns, you should continue to
fish the Slate Drake nymph imitation. Later in the afternoon, near sunset, you may want to fish an imitation of
the Slate Drake spinner but only if you see them laying eggs on the water. The Eastern Blue-winged Olive
hatches are sparse and we don't consider them nearly as important as the Cream Cahills.
If and when you see any Cream Cahills or Eastern BWOs begin to hatch, switch to an emerger or dun pattern
of it. The dry fly action may continue until very late in the day even after the hatch has ended because the
trout may continue to look for food on the surface. If it subsides, switch to a Little Yellow, Little Green or a
Golden Stonefly nymph. If you see any of the adults of the three stoneflies during the day, the most plentiful of
them would be the nymph you should fish. Fish it near the banks of the stream. Even though they won't be
crawling out of the water to hatch until near dark, there may be plenty of them in the water very near the
banks. Fish the nymph until you start seeing stoneflies depositing their eggs on the surface of the water. Little
Yellow Stoneflies, Little Greens and/or Golden Stoneflies will not begin to emerge (crawl out of the water to
hatch) until very late in the day. If the stoneflies are dropping down and laying eggs on the water, you should
fish an adult imitation of the stonefly, but that probably won't happen until late in the afternoon.
Late in the day, after the dry fly activity slows down and hatches subside, you should also keep an eye out for
a spinner fall. If you spotted mayflies hatching, rest assured their spinners will fall late in the day or early
evening. If you see a spinner fall beginning to take place (mayflies mating - dancing up and down above the
water) or spot the spinners on the water, by all means switch to a spinner pattern of that mayfly. Again, most
likely, that would be Cream Cahills, Eastern BWOs, or Slate Drakes. If the skies are clear, the spinner falls will
occur very late, after sunset.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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