04/26/10
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2.    Little Short Horned Sedges
3.    American March Browns
4.    Cinnamon Sedges (Caddisflies) (Abrams Creek)
5.    Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
6.    Little Sister Caddisflies (Abrams Creek)
7.    Pale Evening Duns
8.    Yellow Sallies
9.    Eastern Green Drakes (Abrams Creek)
10.  Giant Stoneflies
11.  Light Cahills
12.  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
13.  Midges


Eastern Green Drakes:
I don't intend to make a big deal out of the Eastern Green Drake hatch because it
only occurs enough to amount to anything in Abrams Creek. They just re-opened
the Cades Cove Road and you can now access the upper part of Abrams, or the
spring creek section. Another reason, other than its one stream occurrence, is the
fact the spinner fall occurs after you can legally fish in the park. The spinner fall is
the most important stage of the Eastern Green Drake hatch. The trout will also eat
the nymphs prior to the hatch, or after they come out of their burrows and begin the
hatching process. They eat the emergers better than anything except the spinners
and they will also eat the duns. The big clumsy duns usually take their time
departing the water. The bottom line to this is you can catch trout from the hatch on
Abrams Creek, you just miss the best part of it. I should note that if it is a cloudy,
rainy day, the spinner fall could occur while you can legally fish.

We have excellent imitations of all stages of the Eastern Green Drake. I think they
are by far the best imitations you can purchase. They have proven very effective
even in the tough-to-fish spring creeks in Pennsylvania. I will only show some
images of the flies. You can get the information you need to fish the hatch from the
"Perfect Fly" website. I want to be able to get to some other important hatches that
are currently and/or will be taking place in the park. All images are thumbnails.
Click
them to enlarge the size
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Eastern Green Drake
Nymph
Eastern Green Drake
Male Spinner
Eastern Green Drake
Female Spinner
Eastern Green Drake
Dun
Eastern Green Drake
Emerger with Trailing
Shuck