Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2 . Green Sedges (Caddis)
3. Cinnamon Caddis (mostly Abrams Creek)
4. Little Sister Caddis (mostly Abrams Creek)
5. Hendricksons and the Red Quills
6. LIght Cahills
7. Little Short-horned Sedges
8. American March Browns
9. Pale Evening Duns
10. Giant Black Stoneflies
11. Little Yellow Stoneflies
12. Streamers (Sculpin, Minnows)
Worms in my face
Just a note to say that while standing on my front porch, looking at the tree that the
storm blew down in the front yard, I was pondering what action I should take
towards removing it when right before my eyes appeared a worm. It was hanging
down from a tree limb above the porch. My first view of an inch worm this year,
except this one was a "half" inch worm. It was hanging down on its thread
(which I couldn't see, but obviously was there unless it was a flying worm that could
suspend like a helicopter) from a limb about ten feet above my head and still lacked
another ten feet to reach the ground. It was almost as if it was trying to tell me "inch
worms are here".
Now, I have a problem in that I'm a highly challenged "inch worm" specialist. That's
a part of entomology I am a green horn at. I know they are larvae of moths but I
have no idea exactly what kind of moths they are when they fully develop. I can only
assume, since I am less than a mile of the spur part of Great Smoky Mountains
National Park, they are hanging down and falling into the streams in the park. I
looked at my hatch chart to see when I show inch worms to be a factor only to see
that I show June 1 as the start of the period of time I recommend for inch worms. I'm
not sure that June isn't late. I'll have to think about that. I found several more in my
Now, I'm wondering just how many different insect species (and if they are all
moths) appear at first as inch worm larva that suspend from bushes and trees and
where they do so above water, end up in the water.
Worms in my SUV
When I visited my friend Dennis down from New Jersey to fish our wonderful park,
he mentioned his truck and camper were full of large worms. About that time he was
telling me about them, I spotted one.
Since there are butterflies congregating on the ground around the streams, I
assume these large green worms are butterflies, but I really don't know what they
are for certain. Maybe they are the 13 year Cicada that may be appearing any day
now. These Magicicadas are also beyond my entomology expertize insofar as their
larva stage of life is concerned. I do know they begin as a worm creature and come
out of the ground to climb upon vegetation and hatch into an adult, but that's about
all I know.
I have designed a new fly from photos of them to imitate the adults and expect
delivery of them within a week or two. They are going to look exactly like the real
things. When I got back home the other day, my SUV was full of these large worms.
They are "two" inch worms. I wonder if they get into the water?
So, I guess we have loop worms, span worms, measuring worms, bud worms, inch
worms, half inch worms, and two inch worms. Maybe I need more sizes.
Green Sedges (Caddisflies) - Larva (Green Rock Worms)
Well, I started out to write about this very important aquatic insect that I do know
something about but couldn't help but mention the other worms I have encountered
lately. I'll get to this tomorrow.
2011 James Marsh