05/15/09

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. Green Sedges - hatching
11. Little Sister Caddisflies - Mostly Abrams Creek
12. Eastern Pale Evening Duns - starting any day (called Sulfurs by some)

New "Perfect Fly" Black Fly (Adult)

The Adult Black Fly doesn't stay on the surface of the water very long when it
emerges. It changes from its pupa stage of life into an adult on the bottom of the
stream. According to what I found researching this insect, scientists believe that the
two wings of the adult are enclosed within a bubble of air until it reaches the surface
of the water. The theory is the wings are dry when they reach the surface and the
fly is able to escape the water instantly.

The only way I would know for certain is to raise some of them in an aquarium and I
haven't quite gone that far. I doubt if Angie would go along with that. I'll take their
word for it. The adult females do return to the water to deposit their eggs. The trout
have the second opportunity to eat them at that time.

Presentation:
We present the "Perfect Fly" Adult Black Fly the same way we would any dry fly
when we are trying to imitate the newly emerged flies. That is usually done with a
short up and across presentation.

If the water is very smooth or slow moving and the trout tend to spook rather easily
then we usually use a down and across presentation. Most of our experience using
this fly has been on the South Holston Tailwater but as I said in yesterday's article,
the back fly exist in most all trout streams. It just hasn't been written about as much
as the other two winged insects.
























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