05/10/09

Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.   Blue-winged Olives - mostly Little BWO - Isolated hatches
2.   Giant Black Stoneflies - hatching
3.   Cinnamon Caddis - Mostly Abrams Creek
4    Light Cahills - hatching
5.   Midges - hatching in isolated locations
6.   Little Short-horned Sedges - should hatch randomly for 2-3 months
7.   American March Browns - hatching but randomly in isolated locations
8.   Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crawfish
9.   Little Yellow Stoneflies - hatching
10. Eastern Green Drakes - should be hatching in Abrams Creek
11. Green Sedges - hatching
12. Little Sister Caddisflies - Mostly Abrams Creek
13. Eastern Pale Evening Duns - starting any day (called Sulfurs by some)

New "Perfect Fly" Crane Fly Larva Fly

We are happy to announce that we have our new "Perfect Fly" Crane Fly Larva
Flies in stock and ready for order now. Craneflies exist in both the aquatic and
terrestrial varieties. There are over two-hundred species in North America. The
terrestrial varieties are found in areas where the ground is moist. If they get into the
water it is because their larvae are washed into the water.

Larva:
The larvae cannot swim and are usually eaten by trout when they are washed in the
water by rainfall. They are found in every stream in the Great Smoky Mountains
National Park.

Presentation:
Since the terrestrial variety gets 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. I say "probably" because I have not tried it. I will try that in the
near future because I may be overlooking a productive fishing strategy.  Please
let us know if any of you have experience fishing imitations of the cranefly larvae

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.


























You can
order the "Perfect Fly" Crane Fly Larva Flies Here

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