Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
1. BWOs (Little and baetis BWOs)
2. Little Yellow Quills
3. Needle Stoneflies
Most available/ Other types of food:
5. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
6. Craneflies (larvae)
Fly Fishing DVD - Part 18 - Stoneflies
It never ceases to amaze me as to just how many beginners set out to learn to fly fish for trout without
spending any time or effort to learn even the basics about what the trout eat to survive on. The tendency is
towards learning the various flies rather than the food the flies are intended to imitate. If a
beginner isn't careful, he or she will end up thinking trout prefer to eat hair and feathers.
Hear Me - Hear Me! The way to catch a fish is to show it something it will take for food with a hook in it. The
more it looks and acts like the real food the fish eats, the higher your odds of success.
Recently stocked trout will fall for something that looks like a fish pellet quicker than anything, but wild trout
and holdovers that have been stocked for a long time will only fall for something they take to be food they are
use to seeing and eating. It's as simple as that.
If you don't know much about what the trout eat, you want know much about fooling them with a fly.
Just because a trout doesn't always get a good look at a fly and at times can be fooled into taking a fly that
almost, nearly, in a way, or kinda looks like the food it's used to eating, doesn't mean the particular fly you
use isn't important. It only means your dumb enough to be fooled into thinking you have it figured
out when you really don't and are strictly relying on luck.
If a beginner isn't careful and listens to those who always use the fish aren't bitting, the fishing isn't good, the
fishing sucks, or the fishing is great type of excuses for what is in reality, their lack of knowledge, they will end
up having to rely on luck. At best, they can only expect to be a mediocre angler.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
Do you know what this insect is? Do
you know their size? Do you know they
are one of the most plentiful stoneflies
in Great Smoky Mountains National
Do you know that members of all nine
stonefly families exist in the park?
Do you know one from the other?