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. Little Yellow Stoneflies -Yellow Sallies
9. Eastern Green Drakes (Abrams Creek)
10. Giant Stoneflies
11. Light Cahills
12. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
Green Sedge (Caddisfly) - Larva (Green Rock Worm)
The Green Sedge larva is called the Green Rock Worm. They are actually little
worms that crawl on the bottom of the stream. These caddisflies prefer fast water
and are very common in the Smokies. The riffles and runs of the freestone streams
are the ideal habitat for them.
The larvae do not build cases. These caddisflies are very available for trout to eat.
Trout also eat the pupa stage as well as the egg laying female adults. As mentioned
a few days ago, there are numerous species of these caddisflies. These various
species may hatch at different times. Some hatches may be prolific and others may
They look very similar to some of the net spinning caddis larvae but one simple
thing will quickly distinguish the two types. The Rock Worm is the only one with just
one hard plate behind its head. They have to have fast, cool water to survive. You
will find them in the riffles and runs.
Imitations should be fished right on or barely above the bottom using a weighted
leader or fly. They can be presented either on the swing or if you are fairly new at
fly fishing, using a strike indicator. If you are fishing the runs, you may find that the
"high stickin" method works best.
Gulf of Oil Report:
My good friend Dennis McCarthy, who retired from the U. S. Coast Guard, send this
link to the website for the official unified command for the Deepwater Horizon
incident. I'm sure the information here is far more accurate than what you get from
the news media. I did notice that as of last night Fox News was reporting the fact the
oil could get in the rotary currents and go around the Florida Keys and up the
Atlantic Coast, something I mentioned days ago. The problem is the oil slick size
varies according to the wind strength and direction and how much is below the
surface versus on top of the surface. Some parts of the slick are breaking off and
heading their own direction.
In my opinion, a big problem is the chemicals BP are using to keep the oil from rising
to the surface. I don't understand why they are doing that. They are reporting it is
working good. My question is good for what. Good to keep the oil from showing up
on the surface where it can be seen and cleaned up, or good to keep it hidden
below the surface. Just wait until this subject has been thought out. Sounds like a
great idea for BP and a horrible idea for the Gulf to me.
The news also reported the chemicals didn't have as much adverse affect on the
marine life as the oil. Now that's really great news! Now we have the adverse effects
of both the oil and the chemicals. They insist on insulting everyone's intelligence.
We are asked to believe that chemicals that are strong enough to keep the oil
hidden (and that is all it amounts to) are not that bad.
According to my email, some of you think (because I continue to write about the oil
spill) I am opposed to drilling in our offshore waters. As I see it, we are going to
need oil and lots of it for years. I haven't seen any electric airplanes, or many
electric automobiles and trucks lately. Either we pay the far East cats that hate us
for it at prices that may weaken this country to a very dangerous point (may already
have) or we use our own resources. I did point out the potential oil disaster over 25
years ago on my fishing the Gulf of Mexico video. I don't understand, for one
example, why anyone hasn't thought of putting a cutoff value that works of some
type at the point the oil comes out of the Gulf's bottom. What is going to happen to
some of the rigs a hundred years from now? I think it is more of a matter of how it is
done. If we stop drilling, even more mega loads of oil loaded in huge tankers from
the far East will continue to come through the Gulf and into the Mississippi River for
years. The ships/tankers only had three-hundred plus leaks last year we didn't
hear much about. I do know we need to do everything possible to find other energy
alternatives and solutions as quickly as possible.
I'm not smart enough to solve the World's energy problems. It's all I can do to keep
up with fishing. I just don't like being insulted.