05/25/09

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 - (called Sulfurs by some)
13. Sulphurs - hatching in isolated areas


Sulphur - Spinners:
The spinner fall occurs very late in the afternoon or early evening. Just before
darkness approaches, the females drop their eggs from above the water over same
water they hatched in and then fall spent on the water. The spinners will congregate
at the ends of the riffles, heads of pools, tails of pools and current eddies.

On some hot days the spinner fall may not occur until it is dark when the water has
cooled down some. It can last into the first hour or two of the evening.

Spinner Presentation:
A down or down and across presentation of the "Perfect Fly" Sulphur Spinner
pattern works best because you can deliver the imitation from the ends of the
current seams into the slow moving water where the spinners congregate.  Use
as long of a leader and tippet as practical. Many use twelve foot leaders/tippets
of a 6X to 7X size.

Keep in mind the spinners will be very difficult to see in some cases, especially
when they hatch near dark. About the only way you can be assured that they are
there is to skim the surface of the water with a net. Of course if there is big hatch
taking place during the day, you can be confident there will be a spinner fall that
day.




















"Perfect Fly" Sulphur Spinner





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