9/26/09
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
5.   Slate Drakes
6.   Cream Cahills - hatching in Isolated locations
7.   Little Yellow Quills
8.   Needle Stoneflies
9.   Beetles
10. Grasshoppers
11. Ants
12. Inch Worms
13. Crane Flies
14. Helligramite
15. Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crawfish

The Learning Process - Part 63
Brown trout tend to hide and attack during the daylight hours but roam around and
feed in low light conditions, meaning anytime from late in the afternoon until early in
the morning. They will also move about and feed when the water is stained or off
color enough to provide a low light condition beneath the surface of the water.

I remember the time Angie and I stopped at a fish pond where they raised and sold
trout for people to eat. The kid that worked there asked us if we would like to see a
very large brown trout. We answered yes, of course. He took us down past the
pond to a concrete culvert or pipe that drained water from one pond to another
one. He pointed to the fish and said, "theres half of him". The large brown trout had
the rear half of it's body stuck out of the pipe and the front half hidden in the pipe. I
asked if it always stayed like that and he answered yes. I guess the large trout
(female, buy the way, not a him) felt she was safe because her eyes were well up
inside the darkness of the pipe. If she backed into the pipe the opposite way she
would be looking at the well lit shallow water. Large brown trout are going to hide
anyway they can when the water is well lit. I tried to get up on top of the pipe and
reach down and grab the trout by the tail. It didn't work. She saw my hand as soon
as I reached down to grab her and shot on up into the pipe. By the way, that shows
how well a trout can see all around themselves. My guess is this pipe was only 18
inches in diameter and the large trout was probably 20 inches long. The pipe was
about half full of slow moving water. Even though there was only a small area
around the fish, she still saw my hand reach down directly behind her.  

Brown trout will get up under logs in the water. They will get up under undercut
banks, especially those undercut banks that have additional cover provided by
these crazy looking, orange to brownish colored roots that are common in the
Smokies. The most common place for a large brown to hide is up under a rock or
boulder.

I don't really know how much food they actually catch and eat from their daytime
hiding places versus what they catch and eat during the night and other low light
conditions. My guess is at least part of it and I base that on the simple fact that if
you can get a fly, such as a streamer or large nymph, very close to such a place
without spooking the fish, you can catch one every once in a while. That tells me
they eat some during the day if they can do so without having to roam around in the
clear open water.

More tomorrow...............






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