06/16/10
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)

A mistake yesterday morning and a weather deal that, well to be
honest, scared me for a few minutes
Yesterday morning, I intended to post the terrestrial insect article below. I say
intended because something I did, or maybe didn't do resulted in it not
getting posted. I drove down to Guntersville Alabama and visited my mother
for a short time yesterday. I guess I was still asleep when I tried to post it.
Most of the time I have several articles in the can, or done in advance. I left
home at 5:00AM to miss the traffic.

On the way back (a four and a half hour drive each way) I ran into a heavy
thunderstorm just south of Knoxville. It was the first time I ever remember
being completely stopped in the middle of an Interstate highway when there
wasn't an accident. It hailed so bad, the traffic slowed down to a crawl and
finally, after the side of the highway was lined solid with parked vehicles, the
traffic came to a complete stop. I sat in one place in the center lane in the
middle of the Interstate surrounded by vehicles for over 20 minutes. I could
barely see the taillights of the cars just a few feet in front of me. I though my
windshield was going to get knocked out. The loud noise of the ice hitting the
car was scary. The highway was solid with hail.

When we did move, at about 2 mph, it crunched like I was driving on gravel. It
took about an hour to probably go only 5 or 6 miles. When the hail stopped, it
rained so hard the water got several inches deep in the middle of the
highway. I though my engine was going to flood out. It dumped an
unbelievable amount of water in just a few minutes.

Those of us on the highway were very lucky. We didn't get hurt, killed or
damaged, or at least I didn't. I just got a lesson in just how quick things can
change and just how much water and hail can fall in a short time. I say short
time when actually it hailed for over 40 minutes, something I think is unusual.
The first thing I saw off the highway when it begin to clear just a little was the
Gander Mountain Building just off the Interstate in Knoxville.  
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Terrestrial Insects - Crickets and Beetles
The first time I remember using a cricket fly fishing for trout was in Yellowstone
National Park. I was headed over to Cook City for a few days from West Yellowstone
and stopped by Blue Ribbon Fly Shop. Craig Mathews was fixing me up with some
flies and threw in a couple of his huge Slough Creek Crickets. They were huge,
hook size 6. I asked him what in the world they were supposed to be and he just
looked at me and said "just use the fly - you will find out".

I did just that and if I remember right, I caught a cutthroat the very first time it hit the
water. I know I caught several that trip to Slough Creek. I also used it in Soda Butte
Creek and the Lamar River. It worked everywhere I tried it. Come to find out, I had
seen what it was supposed to be before in Yellowstone - a Morman Cricket. They
are common around the streams there. I have used the same fly there since and it
always worked very well. I've also seen plenty of the real bugs it imitates so there's a
good reason for it.

I know crickets are a very common bream and shellcracker bait. I used them as a
kid. What I haven't done is try them in trout streams other than at Yellowstone. I am
writing this wondering what your experiences are with crickets. The cricket is actually
the same group of insects as the grasshopper. It just seems like you have to turn
something over on the ground to find crickets whereas you see hoppers in the
bushes and grass. Even so, I'm sure they find their way in the water by accident. I
haven't tried to design a fly that imitates a cricket for our Perfect Fly Company but I  
wonder if I should consider doing that. I would appreciate your comments.

Beetles:
Now on to beetles. To begin with, you should be aware that beetles are the very
largest group of insects in the World. You should also be aware that there are
aquatic beetles and terrestrial beetles. Terrestrial beetles are literally
everywhere, or at least everywhere in the tropical and simi-tropical climates.

The aquatic beetle is a weird bug because the larvae lives in water, both still water
and streams, and they pupate outside of the water on land. Then the adult returns
to the water. An example is the waterboatman. The waterboatman must return to the
surface to get air though. They carry air bubbles with them and when they expire,
they return to the surface. We have a
"Perfect Fly" Waterboatman Fly. They are
mostly found in still water such as lakes and ponds.
According to the entomologist, of the 24,000 species of beetles, most of them are
brown or black. The terrestrial beetles can fly but they are very poor fliers. They
usually are found on the wet ground during late night and in the early mornings.
During the hot part of the day, they usually resort to limbs and leaves for shade.

My guess is they get into the water most often by being blown in by wind or washed
in by heavy rainfall. I think its a good idea to fish an imitation of a beetle anytime in
the warmer months of the year during strong winds. I also like to fish them after a
heavy rain, particularly around any area where water is draining into the stream.

Although the Japanese Beetle is only one type of terrestrial beetle, I think it imitates
most any of them because most all of them are various shades of brown. As of the
present time, it is the only terrestrial beetle fly pattern we have at the Perfect Fly
Store.
This fly has a foam body but also some loose dubbing designed to hold pockets of
air. The legs are made of soft plastic that bends easily and returns to its original
shape easily.

We have sold at huge number of these flies. We also have received many verbal
and email reports complimenting the flies fish catching ability. It is popular all
across the country from California to New England. We have received several
compliments from anglers using the fly in the Smokies.
Perfect Fly Beetle