06/13/10
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2.    Cinnamon Sedges (Caddisflies) (Abrams Creek)
3.    Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
4.    Little Sister Caddisflies (Abrams Creek)
5.    Eastern Pale Evening Duns
6.    Sulphurs
7.    Little Yellow Stoneflies -Yellow Sallies
8.    Slate Drakes
9.    Light Cahills
10.  Little Green Stoneflies
11.  Golden Stoneflies
12.  Ants
13.  Inchworms
14.  Beetles
15.  Grasshoppers
16.  Hellgrammite
17.  Cranefly
18.  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)

Terrestrial Insects - Ants:
Ants are among the most plentiful insects in the World. Wherever there's a trout
stream, there are ants. If you happen to want to match a particular species of an
ant, prepare for a major problem. There are over 12,000 species of them.

Most of what goes on about an ant takes place down in the ground out of our sight.
What we usually see is only those that are crawling across the ground. At some
point in time the line of ants we commonly see will disappear into a hole in the
ground.

Ants live in large groups or colonies. There are three kinds of ants in a colony - the
queen, the female workers, and males. The queen and the males have wings. The
workers don’t have wings. Each of the three have a function in life. The queen is the
only ant that can lay eggs and that is her main job. She will spend her entire life
doing that. The male ants mate with future queen ants and then die shortly
afterwards. The workers do what their name implies - work. They are sterile and
spend their life looking for food and taking care of the young.

Carpenter ants are on of the main types of ants trout eat. They get their name from
their association with wood. They don't eat wood. They dig through it and pile it
outside their tunnels. You will find them wherever you find damp wood. Tree stumps,
rotten logs, sticks or any wood that is damp or wet. It is very easy to understand why
they are plentiful in any forest surrounding a trout stream. The Great Smoky
Mountains have mega numbers of them. The more rotten wood there is on the
ground around a stream, the more likely it is there's a large number of ants living
there.

An ant is capable of getting in the water any time of their life if they are near it;
however, the majority of the times they do, they are washed in by rain. Heavy rain
can wash millions of them out of their tunnels and into a trout stream. That's why
your odds of catching trout on imitations of ants is always good after a heavy rain or
downpour.

Ants have three basic body parts. That's why we designed our "Perfect Fly" ant flies
with three parts. If you will notice, most generic ant fly patterns have only two
sections. They don't resemble the shape of real ants very well.
This is our "Perfect Fly" Black Carpenter Ant.
They come in hook sizes 16 and 18.