Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives (Baetis) - sparse hatches
2. Blue Quills - hatching
3. Quill Gordons - hatching
4. Hendricksons - could start any day now - nymphs are important
5. Little Black Caddis - hatching
6. Little Brown Stoneflies - hatching
7. Midges - hatching in isolated locations
8. Little Short-horned Sedges - should hatch randomly for 2-3 months
9. Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crawfish
Little Short-horned Sedges - Pupa - Part 2
These caddisflies hatch both in the early spring and then again in the fall. The
hatch last a long time and can vary in intensity depending on the type of water. If
you start seeing a lot of them crawling around on the rocks and banks you will know
they have hatched. Unfortunately, that is probably too late to fish the pupa stage of
the hatch. That would indicate most of them had already hatched.
These caddisfly pupae use their middle legs to swim to the surface. They can hatch
on the surface but more often, they run on the surface to the banks or rocks to
hatch into adults out of the water. If you will watch the water carefully, you will see
this activity occurring. By the way, they hatch in the mornings.
We developed an imitation of the pupae just last year. I do not have much
experience fishing it. I have read several articles about how effective it is to imitate
this stage of the hatch but I have little experience doing it. This is our "Perfect Fly"
imitation of the Little Short-horned Sedge.
Copyright 2009 James Marsh