08/06/13

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




Weather Update and Some Fly Advice
As soon as I posted yesterday's "Weather and Stream Conditions Forecast", the weather
websites made some substantial changes. I try to post a forecast each Monday to give
those planning a fishing trip the following weekend as accurate of a weather and stream
level forecast as possible Often, that's just about impossible to do accurately that far in
advance.

The chances of showers and thunderstorms are now 70% for Wednesday, 60% for
Thursday and 50% for both Friday and Saturday. I still think the odds of the water levels
being high this weekend, at least in all of the streams, is fairly low. It does look like we will
be getting more rain than they expected a day or so ago. I just hope it isn't substantial and
so far, they are not forecasting substantial amounts for the park.

Contrary to some self-proclaimed local fly shop experts, the fly you use does matter.
It
actually matters even more that it does when there's lots of hatches taking
place and when there is more food for the trout to choose from.
The less food
there is for the trout to choose from, the fewer species there are for them to focus on. This
also concentrates their feeding locations in the stream more than it does when there are
multiple choices..

Furthermore, just because there's not a lot of aquatic insect hatches occurring doesn't
mean there's not plenty of food in the streams for the trout to eat. There's still plenty of
aquatic insects in the larva (nymph) stage of life as well as other foods such as
crustaceans, terrestrial insects, sculpin and baitfish. You often hear such speculation
from those who know about as much about aquatic insects as I know about heart surgery.
They rely on random fly choices, trial and error methods and in essence, pure luck. Some
of those experts haven't fished in the park since Moby Dick was a minnow. That type
of BS is more a product of local ignorance than local knowledge.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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