08/11/13

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




This Week's Featured Trout Food - Craneflies
Craneflies are members of the Tipulidae family. There are two types of caneflies,
a terrestrial type and the aquatic type. Adult craneflies have skinny bodies, long
slender legs, and long wings that lie down on the insects back. They look like
giant misquotes but are actually harmless. Like midges, the craneflies are
two-winged flies.

Caneflies fly poorly and tend to hang around streamside vegetation. Small
streams with overhanging trees and bushes (like almost every stream in the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park) tend to have larger concentrations of them than
larger, wider streams.

Female craneflies deposit their eggs on submerged vegetation or in damp soil so
they are not available for trout to eat as egg layers. The larvae cannot swim and
are usually eaten by trout when they are washed in the water by rainfall. They are
found in just about every stream that holds trout.



















Perfect Fly Cranefly Larvae

Since the terrestrial variety get into the water by being washed in by rainwater,
it makes sense that the best times to fish cranefly larvae imitations would be
following heavy rains. Since the larvae get washed in from the banks and by
small drainage flows, it is probably best to fish near the banks and the rainwater
drainage inlets.

The pupae of the cranefly species are not important to anglers. Both the
terrestrial and aquatic species pupae are found on land. The aquatic species
larvae migrate to land before pupating. During the pupae stage of life they stay
under the soil, leaves and logs for a month or so.























We see huge numbers of these flies on the water and it makes sense that the
trout feed on them although they seem to be far more legs and wings that body.
It seems to me that the majority of them I see are floating on very shallow water.
I would guess that shallow water areas near the banks would be where you
would want to concentrate on placing your fly.

We came up with this imitation due to a large number of request from customers
who do fish imitations of this fly. In testing it for us, they mentioned that the
smaller streams are the best ones to concentrate on when you are using this fly.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
New Schedule of Daily
Articles
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
Report
Friday: Getting Started
Saturday: Fly Fishing School
Sunday: This Week's Featured Trout
Food
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
response.

2. Call us at 800-594-4726 and we
will help you decide which flies you
need.

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.

Shipping is free in the U. S. for all
orders of any size. Orders over $50
are shipped free via Priority Mail.
Sign Up For a FREE subscription to the Perfect Fly "Fishing Journal"

* required

*



Email & Social Media Marketing by VerticalResponse
Please enter your e-mail address in
the box to sign up for a free
subscription to the Perfect Fly "Fishing
Journal". It  includes feature articles on
blue-ribbon destinations , fly fishing
techniques, and many other types of
articles of interest to any fly angler. You
can opt out at any time. If you decide
you don't want to receive our
information, just change your status by
clicking at the bottom of an e-mail we
send you in the "Remove" box. We will
not sell or give your e-mail address to
anyone
New! If you haven't signed up
previously, please sign up for
our Free Perfect Fly Fishing
Journal. The first issue will be
out by August 1st.
Perfect Fly Adult Cranefly - Top View