05/31/09

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
14. Golden Stonefly - hatching
15. Little Green Stonefly - hatching

Little Green Stonefly - Adults:
The “Little Green Stonefly” Adults are not greatly different than "Yellow Sallys" that
you may be much more used to fishing. I have already mentioned the fact that they
tend to hatch in the tail ends or shallow water parts of pools in freestone streams as
well as the fast water. I know they hatch in the fast water because we have found
plenty of nymphs in the fast water sections although we have seen few hatching
there.

The Little Green Stoneflies hang around as an adult for a few days like most
stoneflies. Soon after the hatch starts you will begin to see the egg laying females.
They dip down to the water and attempt to knock their eggs off like other larger
stoneflies. I also think they drop them from the air on some occasions. By that I
don't mean on some days - I mean some of the stoneflies drop them from the air
and some don't. My guess is that if the eggs are lose enough, they fall without
having to touch the water. You will see the trout jumping out of the water trying to
catch them every once in a while. This is easy to observe in the smoother water of a
pool than it is in fast water runs and riffles.

Adult Presentation:
Like most other stonefly adult or egg layer fly patterns, our "Perfect Fly" Little
Green Stonefly Adult needs to be presented wherever you see the stoneflies
depositing their eggs. It isn't so important as to how you get the fly there, just get it
there. Upstream, downstream or across stream presentations all work if you don't
scare the trout feeding on the naturals. That is easy to do in shallower pool water.

The type of drift isn't important. If the fly spats the water, fine. I would say that you
could add action to the fly and get better results but every time I have tried it, I
spooked more trout than I attracted. If anyone can show me how to make the fly
touch the water, leave the water, touch the water again, etc. I will be happy to listen
to them.
























Our "Perfect Fly" Little Green Stonefly Adult.




Copyright James Marsh 2009