Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2 . Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3. Little Brown Stoneflies
4. Quill Gordons
5. Blue Quills
6. Little Black Caddis
Angie woke me up about 9:30 last night (yes, I go to sleep early) with someone on
the telephone I haven't talked to in a few years. Her younger brother Joe, who is
working in the Tampa Florida area, just happened to be staying at the same motel
where Bill and his TV crew were located. As usual, everyone there was getting Bill to
autograph items for them including Joe. Joe asked Bill if he knew me and it resulted
in Bill asking him to get me on the telephone so he could say hello. Except for
having to talk about the passing of Tom Mann a few years ago, we had a nice
conversation. Tom was a close friend of both Bill and I.
I haven't seen Bill since the middle 1990's. At that time, we were both working at the
Miami Boat show for a week and we got to spent quite a bit of time together. Bill was
there for Trilene Line, if I remember correctly, and I was there promoting my
saltwater fishing videos. It's the world's largest boat show and I was involved with it
for many years. I visited the show this year.
Bill's last BASS tournament was at Lake Guntersville in July of 1980. By pure
coincidence, it was also the last one I fished. I remember him saying that he had to
either fish tournaments or do his TV show. It's just about impossible to do both well.
Obviously, he made a good choice, because he has had a TV show for many years.
Bill has probably done as much to promote the sport of fishing as anyone. He was
also a superb tournament angler. He won and placed in many of the national BASS
Bill is a couple of years older than I am and an inspiration to me because he's still
out on the water working hard producing TV shows. Unlike what many think, doing
what he does is pure hard work. I know because I did it for four straight years and
quit because it didn't permit enough time for me spend with my young daughters. It's
great to see him still getting up before daylight, launching the boat and working hard
all day doing what he loves to do. I'm glad he called and promised to make it a point
to see him in the near future.
Little Brown Stoneflies - Adults
As I have previously said, the adult Little Brown Stoneflies can live a relatively long
time after they hatch prior to depositing their eggs. Just because you find their
empty shucks along the banks and on the rocks and boulders, doesn't mean you
can catch trout on imitations of them. Even if you find plenty of them in the bushes,
it still may be too early in the hatch period for the dry fly imitations to work.
Some of the species deposit their eggs in the daytime and others deposit them in
the evenings. Out on the stream, it's almost impossible for you to determine when
they will deposit their eggs. It isn't easy to identify them, even down to the family.
You should fish imitations of the adults only when you observe the stoneflies
depositing their eggs.
Most of the time there isn't enough activity for the trout to become selective on
the female stoneflies, so imitating the egg layers for any of the species of these two
families of stoneflies is a hit or miss thing - mostly miss. Even when you observe the
egg laying activity, in cold water you will sometimes find the trout are too inactive to
take the flies from the surface. On the other hand, there may be occasions when
the egg laying activity deserves your attention. It's a good idea to stay prepared by
having a few imitations of the Little Brown Stonefly adults along with you.
Although the egg layers skip across the water depositing their eggs, I think it's best
to allowing your fly to drift along drag free. I have never been able to imitate this
skipping action without spooking more trout than I attract. Most of the time they
deposit their eggs on the fast flowing sections of the water. On a warm, late Winter
or early Spring afternoon, at the right time and place, you may well be able to catch
several trout in a short time imitating the egg layers. If you see them depositing their
eggs, by all means try it. If you don't, stick with the nymph, it's probably too early in
the hatch period.
This is our "Perfect Fly" Little Brown Stonefly adult. We have these in hook sizes 8,
10, 12 and 14. Right now you need 12's and 14's. This fly has a foam body and
floats well in fast water. The eyes, legs and antennae are made of nylon mono. The
wings are made of raffia.
Down and Dirty (some are clean) Tips and Recommendations for Fly
Fishing Destinations - Part 33
Just keep in mind that it is strictly one opinion that happens to be mine. The intent is to hopefully
give those interested a general idea of what to expect. Most likely every guide, affiliated business
entity and local angler will have a different opinion. These streams also have full coverage on our
Perfect Fly Stream Section.
2011 James Marsh