08/05/09

Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.   Blue-winged Olives - mostly Little BWO - Isolated hatches
2.   Mahogany Duns
3.   Midges - hatching in isolated locations
4.   Little Yellow Stoneflies - hatching (Little Summer Stones)
5.   Slate Drakes - hatching
6.   Cream Cahills - hatching in Isolated locations
7.   Beetles
8.   Grasshoppers
9.   Ants
10. Inch Worms
11. Crane Flies
12. Helligramite
13. Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crawfish

Mahogany Dun - Emergers

In order to catch trout on the "Perfect Fly" Emerger or the Emerger with the trailing
shuck, you must fish the fly in the right areas of the stream. The Mahogany Dun
nymphs migrate to slower, calmer water before emerging. They emerge in shallow
pockets along the banks, and behind rock and boulders. They can emerge in very
shallow water. There they may make several attempts to emerge normally swimming
to the surface several times before shedding their shucks. This usually occurs
during the late afternoon in the Smokies. The warmer the weather, the later in the
day they hatch. When the weather begins to cool off some, they may emerge as
early as the middle of the afternoon. When the weather is hot, it will be almost dark
before they emerge.

Presentation:
Fish the "Perfect Fly" Emerger and the Emerger with the trailing shuck flies without
any added weight. Normally you would use an up and across the current
presentation. The CDC wings should float in the surface skim. If the water is low and
clear, you will need to use very light, long leader and tippet. We normally use a 9
foot or longer 6X tippet. In this case, a down and across presentations is often
necessary to prevent spooking the trout feeding on the emergers.

























Our
"Perfect Fly" Mahogany Dun Emerger with Trailing Shuck.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh