Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
1. Little BWOs
2. Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
3. Cinnamon Caddis (Mostly Abrams Creek)
4. Little Short Horned Sedges
5. American March Browns
6. Giant Stoneflies
7. Light Cahills
8. Little Yellow Stoneflies (Yellow Sally)
9. Eastern Pale Evening Duns
11. Slate Drakes
12. Golden Stoneflies
Most available/ Other types of available food:
13. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
Fly Fishing Strategies - What Fly To Use - Part 44
Delayed until tomorrow. I want to see what rainfall amounts we get today and tonight.
A Very Controversial Subject:
I want to try to give those who are new to fishing the park, as well as those who fish often but
mostly keep things to themselves, an idea as to what they should consider a successful trip
in terms of numbers of fish caught.
I know some anglers are reluctant to discuss numbers of fish caught and the reason vary
greatly. Some catch a lot of trout and don't like giving out numbers because they don't want
it to appear they are bragging about their catches. Others have just the opposite reasons for
keeping quite - meaning they don't catch many trout.
By the way, some tell the truth and some don't. Anglers don't use the metric or imperial
system of measurement. They use the "stretchifishit" system for both their
measurements and quantities of fish caught.
This is all well and fine but isn't the main reason for going fishing is to catch fish?
Of course "the experience" greatly contributes to the enjoyment and fun but the main reason
people fish is to catch fish. If not, then why not just wade the streams without hauling around
all the fishing gear. You can get all the "experience" you want with much less trouble. I'm
sure there will be lots of contriversity over what I'm about to write but:
During this past week, I talked to four guys that fished in the park. All had spent a complete
day or more of fishing. I knew two of the guys that fished regularly and the other two were
gents I just met that didn't fish the park regularly but were experienced anglers. Of the four,
only one guy caught the numbers I think one using the right strategies should be
catching. The other three didn't and two of them didn't even come close. Keep in mind, all
four guys were experienced fly fishing anglers but two were out of town visitors for Troutfest
held this past weekend. The guy that said he caught over twenty trout in a full day of
fishing was one of the visitors. Of course, you never know for certain if someone is
truthful when it comes to fishing but I believed him because I could tell he knew what he was
talking about. He mentioned several things that made me think he knew what was going on.
Here's my point. Conditions are and have been excellent for some time. If you fished all
day during the past week and you didn't catch around twenty trout, you were either
number one, not doing the right thing, or number two, not doing the right thing
For an eight hour day, the numbers for a knowledgeable and experienced angler should be
around thirty fish. Notice I wrote "knowledgeable" and experienced. I know several
highly experienced anglers that have been doing things wrong their entire life.
Of course, the number varies greatly with the species you pursue. Two large brown trout
over 16 inches would be a good day. One brown trout over 20 inches would be a good day.
At this particular time for rainbows, twenty or thirty would be more like a good day.
If you fished for brook trout, the numbers should be at least that high. A exceptionally good
day for an angler with a little luck on his or her side, using the right strategies and doing a
good job of fishing at this particular time would be closer to forty or even fifty fish caught over
an eight hour period of time actually fishing. There have been rare days those numbers
have been doubled by a few anglers.
If you are fairly new at fly fishing, only having fished the park a few times, ten trout would be
a good catch. If it's your first day, one trout would be excellent.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh