08/25/13

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
Hatching:
1.     Slate Drakes
2.     Little Yellow Stoneflies (Summer Stones)
3.     Needle Stoneflies
4.     Mahogany Duns
5.     Little Yellow Quills
Most available - Other types of food:
6.     Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
7.      Inch Worms
8.     Grasshoppers
9.     Ants
10.   Beetles
11.   Craneflies
10.   Beetles



This Week's Featured Trout Food - Mahogany Duns - Part 2
Last week's trout food article was about the Mahogany Dun nymphs and emerging
nymphs. This week, we will be covering the dun and spinner stages of the Mahogany
Dun.

Duns:
This can be an exciting dry fly to fish but it can also be very frustrating. One reason it
can be exciting is that the emerging duns are usually located in shallow, calmer water
as opposed to fast water runs and riffles. They prefer to emerge in calm, smooth
flowing water.

When the duns hatch, they usually float a rather short distance on the surface of the
water before flying away, but this depends on the particular species, and the time of
year it hatches. Normally, the water is fairly warm and their wings dry rather fast. This
is unlike their close relatives, the Blue Quills that hatch in the cooler water of early
spring.

I use an up and across presentations in most all cases in the Smokies, but if the water
is slow moving and very slick or smooth as it is in some other types of streams, you
may want to use a down and across presentation to get the drag-free drift you need.
These mayflies often hatch near the banks and behind boulders where the water is
calm and sometimes very shallow and clear. Getting the fly, tippet and leader to land
without much disturbance in this type of water isn't exactly easy. Our dun has
proven to work time and time again but it does take a very good presentation.

Spinners:
Spinners begin to appear within hours after a hatch. Although these mayflies can
emerge in the early mornings, they usually emerge late in the afternoons just before
dark. It greatly depends on the particular species of Mahogany Dun. The spinners fall
over the same water they hatch from which, again, are the calmer areas nearby
moderate to fast moving water. In most cases the spent spinners collect at the ends of
the long, slow runs and riffles and at the heads of pools.

Sometimes, a down and across presentation, or direct downstream slack cast is
needed, especially if the water is very smooth. Again, this depends on the time of year
the particular species hatch. If you can get by with it, use an up stream or up and
across presentation.

You can almost count on having to use a longer, lighter leader and tippet. It is rare
these mayflies are found in water heavy or rough enough to get by with anything close
to being on the heavy side. Normally a six X tippet is needed to prevent spooking the
trout feeding on the spent spinners.

Often, these spinners fall near dark and seeing the actual spinners or your fly is
almost impossible. It is possible to fish another more visible fly a foot or two ahead of
the Mahogany Dun Spinner but we prefer to watch for the small rises and slight leader
and line movement to detect takes. By the way, these are small mayflies, hook size 18.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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