Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives - mostly Little BWO - Isolated hatches
2. Cinnamon Caddis - Mostly Abrams Creek
3 Light Cahills - hatching
4. Midges - hatching in isolated locations
5. Little Short-horned Sedges - should hatch randomly for 2-3 months
6. Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crawfish
7. Little Yellow Stoneflies - hatching
8. Green Sedges - hatching
9. Little Sister Caddisflies - Mostly Abrams Creek
10. Eastern Pale Evening Duns - (called Sulfurs by some)
11. Sulphurs - hatching in isolated areas
12. Golden Stonefly - hatching
13. Little Green Stonefly - hatching
14. Slate Drakes - hatching
Fishing Imitations of Beetles
Beetles are very plentiful in the forest of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
There is a huge number of different species (over 1500 different species) ranging
from tiny sizes up to huge beetles or Coleoptera.
If all of the beetles in the park were to get into the water our trout would be the size
of tarpon. As mentioned yesterday, only a small number actually do get into the
streams and that is usually during high winds or heavy downpours such as we had
the past couple of days.
The most popular and maybe most plentiful beetle that gets into trout streams is the
Japanese Beetle. We think our "Perfect Fly" Japanese Beetle is the best imitation of
the beetle that is commercially available.
This fly comes in hook sizes 14 and 16. It has a foam body that lets it float high in
the water but with dubbing that makes it much more realistic. It has very realistic
wings and legs that are extremely durable. They will flex without breaking.
Copyright James Marsh 2009