07/07/13

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
Hatching:
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
10.   Grasshoppers
11.   Ants
12.   Beetles





This Week's Featured Trout Food - Beetles
Looking at the stream flows this morning, along with the long range weather forecast, tells me that as much as I
would like for it to be over, those that fish the park may be fishing high water for another week. Although I
should have thought about it a week ago, the high water made me think of beetles, the terrestrial type, not the
aquatic type. They will continue to get washed into the streams from receding high water levels. Every time I
notice water draining from flooded areas back into the streams, I picture helpless ants and beetles being
carried along in the flow. That's exactly where I think trout may be getting a emergency handout or free meal.

I venture to say there are far, far more beetles that get washed into the water than grasshoppers and crickets
but I'm not sure about ants. Their populations are huge but according to biologist,  beetles are also very
plentiful. I also know that the diversity of the Coleoptera group of insects (beetles) is huge. There are almost
as many different colorful beetles crawling around in the park as there are different styles and colors of ladies
shoes in the nearby outlet stores.

Somewhere, during my limited beetle research as relates to cold water trout streams, I discovered that the
Japanese Beetle was probably the most plentiful of all that accidentally get turned into trout food. I ask google
this morning and found in the first of several thousand entries that Japanese beetles are one of the most
common pests in Northeast gardens. I found the same thing stated about southern gardens. I found the same
thing stated about all areas of the country, gardens or wilderness. These insects were accidentally introduced
with infested irises from Japan for the 1916 World's Fair. Anyway, that's why we developed an imitation of it.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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