Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Great Brown Autumn Sedge
3. Slate Drakes
4. Little Yellow Quills
5. Needle Stoneflies
6. Crane Flies
8. Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crawfish
New Old Flies - Part 2
Continuing from yesterday's article, I am going to mention some more popular
generic or attractor flies that we have added to our "Perfect Fly" store, but not the
midges I mentioned. We are currently shooting new images of the midges and other
small flies with new equipment and i will wait until I have better ones to show.
However, here are some other flies we recently added..
I am told the Tellico Nymph was developed by an old timer during the early 1900s
for the Tellico River in Tennessee. It is suppose to imitate a variety of insects but I
am not certain which ones the originator had in mind. Its round body is shaped very
similar to the crawler nymphs. Most of the mayfly nymphs in Great Smoky Mountains
National Park are clingers and swimmers, but there are some crawlers.
The Zug Bug is supposed to look like several different insects. Two groups often
mentioned are the cased caddis and free-living caddisfly larvae. That is about all I
know about it and of course, I'm not even sure about that. It is a popular fly that
does occasionally catch fish. Some even say its a big fish fly.
Sorry, but we don't have a picture posted of this one yet. According to Mr. Charles
Brooks, who would have known as much as anyone I can think of about the
origination of flies, said in his book on Yellowstone Fly Fishing the fly was
introduced in the Yellowstone area in the early 1940s.
Black Nose Dace:
I recently wrote this for the Perfect Fly website:
The Black Nose Dace Fly is tied to imitate the Black Nose Dace Minnow. This
minnow is identified by it's black band that runs laterally from its nose to its tail on
both sides of the minnow. It is found just about everywhere from the East coast
westward to the Dakotas and south to Texas and Florida. It is mostly found in
small, rocky streams with a gravel bottom and fairly, fast moving water. Fully
grown, they are about two and a half inches long. These small minnow are eaten
by trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass, pike and many other gamefish.
The best way to fish it, it to present it in the shallow water around the banks, or in
shallow water pockets within the stream. These minnows are generally not found
in deep water although they may be. Most of the time the game fish will run into
shallow water, eat them, and then go back to their deeper water sanctuaries.
We suggest you vary the retrieve using short, erratic strips as well as longer,
slow swimming motions. These minnow dart about in the water, and that is what
you want to imitate. They rarely just swim slowly along. Stop the retrieve for a few
seconds and then strip in line just enough to make the fly dart a few inches. It works
best early and late in the day, especially if the water is very clear. It is also good
during times of heavy overcast skies.
Copyright 2009 James Marsh