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)
Eastern Pale Evening Dun (Sulphur)
The spinner fall of the Eastern Pale Evening Duns usually takes place just before
dark. If it is cloudy or raining lightly it may occur earlier. Mating takes place near the
banks and vegetation. The males often fall on the banks but the females will usually
end up on the water.
In many cases in the park you are going to have to miss the spinner fall because of
the fishing hours rule. You are supposed to stop fishing thirty minutes after sunset.
You should fish the heads and tails of pools and eddies where the spinners tend to
congregate. The spinners are almost impossible to see on the water so don't count
on being able to spot them on the water.
A down or down and across presentation of the spinner that is allowed to drift
into the calmer water is usually the best method of presentation. In the slower
moving water, the idea is to let the trout see the fly before you spook them with
your leader, tippet or fly line. That means long, light leaders should be used. It is
often necessary to go to a 6X or even a 7X tippet to be successful.
Our "Perfect Fly" Eastern Pale Evening Dun Spinner
Copyright James Marsh 2009