Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives (Baetis) - sparse hatches
2. Blue Quills - hatching
3. Quill Gordons - hatching but about to end
4. Hendricksons - hatching
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. American March Browns - should start within a couple of weeks
10.Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crawfish
Cinnamon Sedges - Part 2
Sometimes the larvae are in a shelter they have built near the end of the net and
sometimes they are strung out from their net a few inches on a silk line. They are
very much available for the trout to eat when they are not in the shelter.
Various methods of Imitating the larvae hanging at the end of the silk line have
been developed over the years, but we have not had that good of results with
any special method of imitating the silk line and do not recommend that approach.
However, you may want to make you on test and come to your own conclusion
about it. The basic concept is to color the lowest part of your tippet white to make it
appear that it is the silk line.
Present the larva imitation in the riffles with a weight attached to your tipet a few
inches above the fly. An up and across presentation works best in the rough pocket
water and riffles. Allow the fly to swing all the way around and downstream keeping
it near the bottom. Mend your line as soon as the fly hits the water to help get it
down to where it will bounce along the bottom. Allow the fly to swing down and
across from your position.
This is our "Perfect Fly" Cinnamon Caddis Larva Fly. It comes in hook sizes 16 and
18. Most of the ones we have found in Abrams Creek appeared to be a hook size
16. Note however, that if you are fishing any of the local tailwaters, the larvae are
most likely to be closer to a hook size 18.
Copyright 2009 James Marsh