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
7. Little Yellow Stoneflies -Yellow Sallies
8. Slate Drakes
9. Light Cahills
10. Little Green Stoneflies
11. Golden Stoneflies
18. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
inch Worms (Moth Larvae)
When I first started fishing the Smokies, we stopped in a store in Townsend
to buy our fishing license and ask about the fishing in the park. I don't
remember the name of the store and I am not sure it even still exist under the
same name. The gentleman that ran it proudly showed Angie and I a large
brown trout hanging on the wall. At some point in the conversation, he pulled
out some Berkley Green Worms and explained that was the magic bait. I
tried to look the particular bait up on the web but Berkley has so many brands
I'm not sure which ones it was. I knew enough about fly fishing to know I didn't
want any bait and that what he showed us wasn't a fly. At the time I didn't
know what the little green worms were supposed to represent or if they even
represented anything, for that matter. The reason I though of this is that I
would be willing to bet many of the guys and gals that use the various inch
worm flies don't know what insects they represent. They just know the fly
Seems like we learned what a caterpillar was in about the seventh grade
science class, and off hand, a butterfly comes to mind. I don't remember if a
moth was a part of that learning process or not, but I do know now that the
little green worms called inch worms, sour worms, span worms, loopers, and
many other names, is in fact a moth larva. They can be all shades of green as
well as brown and black. They can be combinations of green and
The Geometer Moths are part of the Geometridae Family of insects. There
are over 1200 species of Geometer moths in the United States. In many
areas, they are considered a pest. They are especially fond of fruit trees.
There's only one generation of these moths per year. The adult moths lay
eggs during the winter on the limbs of trees. They normally hatch around the
first of April to the end of May in the Smokies. They live as a larva or
caterpillar for about four to six weeks. Then they fall or suspend themselves
down to the ground and pupate usually during the month of June. If they
happen to fall down in a stream, they become a treat for the trout. If they land
on the ground, they make cocoons of silk in the upper layers of soft ground.
The adults don't emerge as a moth until early November.
A few years ago, we begin to capture these little larvae and photograph
them. Later, I begin to try to design a fly that looked more like those that we
found to be most common. They varied from location to location across the
country but most of them look very much like what became our Perfect Fly
The problem was my fly tiers had a difficult time coming up with what I
wanted. This was one of their first attempts at it. The fly worked so well as a
small streamer, we decided to keep the pattern and sell it as a generic, low
priced streamer fly I call the Mean Green Weenie. We sell it for $.79 each
including shipping.. We have about 60 dozen of this (mistake) in various
hook sizes in stock.
Do I recommend it? Yes, but only for those anglers that think they must have
one of them. I've never used it.
Because we continued to get request for the little loop tailed Green Weenie
type fly, we added those to the generic line for those who want them. We sell
these in several hook sizes for $.70 each including shipping.
Some of them don't have a
darker colored bottom. This one
came from our front porch in
Gatlinburg a few years ago.
Now I feel certain there's another good reason or explanation that these
flies work in the streams of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They
could also be taken as a Green Sedge larva by the trout. The streams are full of
these larvae that most anglers call "Green Rock Worms".
Most of the time these larvae curl up and are shaped more like our Perfect Fly
Green Sedge Larva Fly (Green Rock Worm) above. Those in the pictures are
laid out straight but in the water they crawl around more like an inch worm or in a
curved shape. If you pick one up it will curl up in a complete circle.
This is also why the Green Weenie type fly works even when there are not any
moth larvae hanging from the trees in the Smokies. In the fast water where these
Green Sedge larvae exist, the short glimpse the trout gets of a fly could easily be
the reason a Green Weenie type fly could be taken for a Green Rock Worm.
I'm Green Weenied Out!