Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. Slate Drakes
2. Little Yellow Stoneflies
3. Needle Stoneflies
4. Mahogany Duns
5. Little Yellow Quills
6. Great Autumn Brown Sedges
7. Blue-winged Olives
Most available - Other types of food:
8. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
Fly Fishing Strategies - Which Flies To Use - Coming Week
The National Weather Service has only increased the chances of rain to 60 percent
for tomorrow, so the amount of rain we may get is still a big guess at this point. The
same exact forecast last week turned into 2 inches in some areas of the park. I will be
updating the conditions and strategies Thursday.
In the middle and lower elevations, I suggest you use a Blue-winged Olive
nymph, size 18, in the mornings. Continue with it until you see something hatch which
most likely would be BWOs. You may also see some Little Yellow Stoneflies. If you
spot any adults, it means they are hatching and I suggest you fish a Little Yellow
Stonefly nymph late in the afternoon an hour or two before dark. If you spot any of
them laying eggs, switch to the adult pattern.
Other than the Little Yellow Stoneflies scenario, I would stick with the Blue-winged
Olive nymph until they begin to hatch (if they do), and then switch to an emerger or
dun imitation of the BWO. There could also be a BWO spinner fall but if so, it will be
near dark before it takes place. If you fish late in the day, I suggest you have a few
BWO spinners on hand.
If you are seeing some Slate Drake nymphs on the rocks along the streams, I
suggest you switch to a Slate Drake nymph. If you do, you should also watch for a
Slate Drake spinner fall near dark. They are large enough you can see them, even in
low light. If so, go to a Slate Drake spinner.
Notice that I have also added Great Autumn Brown Sedges to the list above. These
should start hatching late afternoons and evenings any day. If you see any of these
large caddisflies, you may want to switch to a pupa imitation of them.
Remember, there are several different species (at least 6) of mayflies we call
Blue-winged Olives that hatch in the late Summer and Fall. Not all are baetis species
although some are. There are a couple of Drunella species called Eastern
Blue-winged Olives, Small Eastern BWOs (Attenella), and some other smaller species
(Acentrella). These are present in the streams as well as the baetis species.
In the higher elevation streams and small, fast water, middle elevation
streams, I suggest a different strategy. I would fish a Little Yellow Quill nymph in the
mornings and continue with it until I spotted something hatching. Most likely that
would be Little Yellow Quills but it could also be the little Needle Stoneflies. Both of
these insects have started to hatch in the higher elevations. The Little Yellow Quills
normally start to hatch around the middle of the afternoon. If you spot any, switch to
an emerger or dun imitation of the Little Yellow Quill.
If neither of these insects begin to hatch, you may want to switch to a Needle Stonefly
nymph about the middle of the afternoon. If you spot any Needle Stoneflies laying
eggs, switch to an adult imitation. Remember, when they are flying, the little Needle
stoneflies look more like caddisflies than stoneflies. The Great Autumn Browns also
can hatch in the higher elevations although not as likely as the lower elevations.
You may also find some Little Yellow Quill spinners from the previous day's hatch
showing up late in the day. Sometimes, the spinners from the day before appear
during the same time of the current day's hatch. Their light colors make both the
duns and spinners easy to spot.
The brook trout and small rainbows in the small headwater streams are quite
opportunistic feeders, but if either of the above insects are hatching, I will assure you
your odds of success with double or triple if you imitate that particular insect. Doing
that, at times you can catch trout about as fast as you can hook and release them.
Keep in mind, the strategies I'm suggested are based on increasing your odds of
success or catching the highest number of trout possible, not the largest size trout.
There are other specific methods of fishing that will produce some much larger trout.
Also, keep in mind that I'm well aware that some of you may prefer to fish dry flies
more than the above strategy suggest, but again, the strategies provided are for
catching the highest numbers of trout, and depending on individual preferences, not
necessarily having the most fun
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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