07/21/13

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
Hatching:
1.     Cream Cahills
2.     Cinnamon Caddis
3.     Slate Drakes
4.     Little Green Stoneflies
Most available - Other types of food:
5.     Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
6.      Inch Worms
7.     Grasshoppers
8.     Ants
9.     Beetles






This Week's Featured Trout Food - Cream Cahills
The most common question I get about the Cream Cahill, is "what's the difference in the
Cream Cahills and Light Cahills.

Several species of the
Maccaffertium genus of mayflies are commonly called the Cream
Cahills. The
modestum and mediopunctatum species probably represent the majority of
the Cream Cahills. They are light colored mayflies very similar to the Light Cahill but
different enough in appearance to require different fly patterns. They also hatch at
different times of the year.






















































The colors of the Cream Cahills can vary from stream to stream and species to species.
The nymphs are very similar. They are almost impossible to tell apart with a microscope.
The duns, however, can vary in appearance quite a bit. The shade of color of the wings,
bodies, and other body parts varies from species to species. Basically, they all have a
cream, creamy white to beige body with a darker thorax. They all have pale gray wings but
the markings, if they have them, will vary.

Like most clinger species, the spinners are usually the same as the duns except the wings
become transparent and the front legs and tails become much longer. The bodies usually
become darker and change towards a brown or rusty color. Like all clinger nymphs, these
move from the fast water they live in to nearby, slower water to hatch. The big difference is
the Cream Cahill nymphs hatch on a more irregular basis than he closely related March
Browns or Light Cahills.

The Cream Cahill mayflies hatch mostly in the late afternoons or evenings. The warmer
the weather, the later in the day. I would suggest that you fish the dun imitation starting
about an hour or two before dark, or of course, anytime you spot one of them.

We have seen Cream Cahill spinners depositing their eggs at different times - late
afternoons and early evenings, even in the morning. We have watched brook trout eat
them while they were darting around on the surface of the water depositing their eggs.
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