Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives and Little BWOs
2. Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
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
8. Giant Stoneflies
9. Light Cahills
10. Little Yellow Stoneflies (Yellow Sally)
Most available/ Other types of available food:
11. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
KISS A Bug Series - Light Cahills - Part 2
These are clinger nymphs that spend most of their life clinging to the underside of rocks or
down in between the cracks and crevices of the rocks on the bottom. Most of the time they are
not readily available for the trout to eat. They are found on the bottom of the runs and riffles of
The nymphs rely on the fast, highly oxygenated water for the oxygen they need to survive.
That's why the bodies of the clinger nymphs are designed to cling to rocks. They must be able
to hang onto the rocks in the current.
When it is near the time for them to hatch, they migrate to the slower moving, calmer water
nearby their fast water habitat. As with most of the other clinger nymphs, I recommend fishing
imitations of the nymph only when the hatch is either about to begin or underway. By
underway, I mean on the days the hatch is occurring, not during the time the duns are
When you anticipate a hatch is about to begin, or if you have determined it has already
started, you may want to try imitating the nymphs migrating from their normal fast water habitat
to slower, more moderately flowing water close by. If the hatch has begun, you would want to
do this in the mornings and early afternoon up until the time the nymphs begin to emerge.
Fish your imitation heavily weighted, right on the bottom at the edges or seams of the fast
moving riffles and runs. Your basic approach should be focused on bringing the nymph out of
the fast water into the areas where the water is moving slower. This could be pockets along
the outside edge of a run. The current seams created by pockets or slicks behind bounders is
another place you would want to concentrate on.
I usually place split shot about six to eight inches above the nymph. You want to keep adding
weight until you can get the nymph down quickly and keep in on the bottom.
Short up-stream or up and across presentation work best for this. You can also use the typical
"high-stick" method of nymphing but I feel like short cast works better. Strike indicators can be
used but I feel like they hurt the presentation by keeping the fly off of the bottom. Use a
relatively short leader of about seven and a half feet. If you make short cast, not over twenty
feet long, and keep a relatively tight line you can either feel the takes or see the end of your
fly line stop or move unnaturally in the drift.
The Light Cahills have began to hatch and it's not a bad idea to fish an imitation of the nymphs
in the mornings before they start hatching. I suggest you do that only when you know for a fact
they are hatching in a certain area of water. If you see duns or spinners the day before your
fishing, then fish an imitation of the nymph and you should do well.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh