Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives - mostly Little BWO - Isolated hatches
2. Giant Black Stoneflies - hatching
3. Cinnamon Caddis - Mostly Abrams Creek
4 Light Cahills - hatching
5. Midges - hatching in isolated locations
6. Little Short-horned Sedges - should hatch randomly for 2-3 months
7. American March Browns - hatching but randomly in isolated locations
8. Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crawfish
9. Little Yellow Stoneflies - hatching
10. Green Sedges - hatching
11. Little Sister Caddisflies - Mostly Abrams Creek
12. Eastern Pale Evening Duns - starting any day (called Sulfurs by some)
New "Perfect Fly" Black Fly Larva Fly
We are happy to announce that we have our new "Perfect Fly" (Simuliidae) flies that
imitate the Black Fly larvae, pupae and adults. This is the most overlooked aquatic
insect that trout feed on. This article is about the Black Fly Lara Fly.
Although little has been written about it, the Black Fly accounts for a large part of
the diet of trout in many trout streams throughout the nation. They live and thrive in
trout streams from coast to coast. California's McCloud River has a huge population
of black flies. So does the South Holston River in Tennessee. Those are just two of
numerous trout streams where black flies account for a large part of the trouts food.
The larvae of the black flies live in riffles. They can attach themselves to rocks and
they also hang out on the end of silk lines they form similar to net-spinning
caddisflies. It is false to think that black flies only live in slow moving water. They
can and do live in slow moving streams but they also live in swift water streams.
The "Perfect Fly" Black Fly Lava Fly should be presented the same way you would
a caddisfly larva imitation. Fish it in the fast water riffles as well as any slow moving
riffles and runs in streams where black flies exist. Keep in mind that is in far more
trout streams than most anglers would imagine.
Add some weight to the tippet a few inches above the fly. Cast it up and across the
riffles and runs and mend your line to get it down on or near the bottom. As the fly
heads downstream, swing the rod around to follow the fly holding the tip high. When
it is down and across the current as far as it will go on or near the bottom, repeat
You can also fish the larva on a strike indicator. Adjust the depth to where the fly
stays near the bottom. It can also be presented using the short line or "high stickin"
method of nymphing.
You can order the "Perfect Fly" Black Fly Larva Flies Here
Copyright James Marsh 2009