08/22/10
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives (See Below)
2.    Mahogany Duns
3.    Little Yellow Stoneflies - Summer Stones
4.    Slate Drakes
5.    Ants
6.    Inchworms
7.    Beetles
8.    Grasshoppers
9.    Hellgrammite
10.  Cranefly
11.  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
12.  Cream Cahills


Little Yellow Quill Spinners:
The female Little Yellow Quill spinners deposit their eggs by landing on the water for
a short period of time. They may repeat this process more than once. Of course the
males fall earlier. You can use the dun imitation to imitate the females prior to their
falling spent on the water and dieing if you prefer. Egg laying usually occurs over
moderate speed ripples.Spinners also tend to congregate at the head of pools
below the faster moving water that feeds the pool and that is where our
spent-spinner patterns are usually most effective.

You should imitate the dying females after they have deposited their eggs and
fallen spent by casting our Little Yellow Quill Spinner and allowing it to dead-drift
from the ends of the riffles into the slow water. It's also effective when used at the
ends of the pools where the egg-laying has or still is taking place. Use a down or
down and across presentation.

Again, remember that these mayflies hatch in the summer and early fall months
when the water is likely to be low. You must use a careful presentation and stay
hidden from the trout or otherwise you will spook the trout feeding on the spent
spinners. This is easy to do when they are feeding in slow moving, shallow water.
Watch your leader and fly line for the slightest unnatural movement that indicates a
take. Trout normally take the spinner by gently sipping them in and this usually only
causes a slight rise ring that is not readily noticeable. The rise ring is your only
other indication a strike has occurred. This is fairly technical fishing but doing so
correctly can produce a lot of trout in a very short period of time.




























New "Perfect Fly" Stream - Presumpscot River, Maine
We just added some more trout streams in the state of Maine to the Stream Section
of our "Perfect Fly" Website. The Presumpscot River is another example of
southern Maine's dams to what otherwise would be rivers that allowed migrating fish
to spawn upstream and waterfalls to flow naturally. As mentioned in the article, this
river was damed by the Smelt Hill Dam and its natural flows changed for many years
but it was removed eight years ago. Now the water flows over the Presumpscot
Falls as it once did. That section now has some excellent pocket water and the
Smelt Hill Dam no longer prevents the migration of fish that head upriver to spawn. It
still has eight more dams that change the flow of the river. It's basically a series of
slow moving pools and ponds with warm water species of fish in most areas. Its
once population of cold water migratory fish will still be destroyed for at least many
more years even if they continue to remove dams.Check out the
Presumpscot
River Maine.