Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives and Little BWOs
2. Blue Quills
3. Cinnamon Caddis (Mostly Abrams Creek)
4. Little Short Horned Sedges
5. Eastern Green Drakes (Abrams Creek)
6. Hendricksons & Red Quills
7. American March Browns
Most available/ Near hatching and/or other types of available food:
8. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
New Additions to the Stream Section Of The Site:
Other than the "home page" and our "daily article", the "streams" section of this site has
always been the most popular page. Its links give detailed information on all of the major
streams in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. According to the site statistics from Yahoo
and Google analysis, most people who visit our site go to the "streams" section and continue
to click through the various streams. I have known this for some time but I guess, due to the
"can't see the woods for the trees" thing, it never occurred to me that our Perfect Fly website
actually had far more information and certainly far more pictures of the various streams in
Great Smoky Mountains National Park than this site did.
Last week, I linked the "stream description", "fly fishing guide", "hatches and flies", and " fly
fishing gear" pages on each of the streams in our Perfect Fly site to this site. Although some of
the information is the same, there are differences, and there is a lot more information for each
of the streams. In essence, it adds over 80 new pages to the stream section of the site.
Although the stream descriptions are similar, the fly fishing "guide" section provides much
more information that's in many cases, specific to the different streams. The "hatches and
flies" section points out differences in the most plentiful insects in the various streams. The
gear sections are all similar, but in some cases, they point out differences in the tackle and
other gear that's appropriate for the particular stream. The biggest advantage for most
anglers new to the Smokies, or for those who have not visited all of the streams in the park
(and they are few and far between), is the links will provide at least 8 more pictures of the
streams and in some cases, more than that.
KISS A Bug Series - Cinnamon Caddis (Sedge)
Note: Although these caddisflies are only plentiful in Abrams Creek in the park, those of you
who fish tailwaters in the Southeast and other streams with a higher pH, may find the
information useful. The tailwaters all have good populations of Cinnamon Caddis.
Many anglers fish the adult imitation of the caddisfly during a hatch when they first begin to
see the adults around the banks of the stream. That is a mistake. Although these caddis
sometimes dip down and skitter across the water after hatching, they don't really lite on the
water long enough for the trout to eat them until they begin to deposit their eggs, or the males
happen to fall on the water when they die. Unlike mayflies, caddisflies sometimes live a
relatively long time after they hatch. They can live for a week depending on the species and
weather. Just seeing caddisflies around the water doesn't mean you will be successful fishing
an imitation of them. The adult Cinnamon Caddis fly become important when the
females are depositing their eggs.
These caddisflies deposit their eggs on the surface of the water or by diving to the bottom.
The method depends on the particular species. As I have previously mentioned, there are six
different species of Cinnamon Caddisflies that exist in the Smokies. By the way, those
species that dive to deposit their eggs on objects on the bottom do return to the surface and
float for a few seconds.
As I previously have written, this activity can occur at the same time they are emerging. If this
is taking place, although using the dry fly adult imitation of the caddisfly will probably provide
more fun and excitement, you will catch more trout using the pupa imitation if they are both
hatching and depositing their eggs. The egg laying activity usually starts near the end of the
emergence and last for an hour or two. The overlap time is usually very short and often they
don't overlap (hatches and egg laying) at all.
On overcast or rainy days, egg laying can start much earlier in the day. On bright clear days, it
usually doesn't start until after the sun has set. It also depends on the time of year. The later
in the year and the warmer the weather is, the later in the day they deposit their eggs.
Even in the low light, you should be able to see the caddisflies dipping to the water when they
are depositing their eggs. Of course, that's the area where you want to place your fly. You can
try to imitate the skittering manner in which the caddis flutter around on the surface but we find
it best just to use a dead drift. We scare more trout than we fool adding action to the fly. The
idea is to get the fly to the same areas they are laying eggs without spooking the trout feeding
This is the Perfect Fly Cinnamon Caddis Adult fly. It has a foam body and soft hackle legs.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
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