Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2 . Green Sedges (Caddis)
3. Cinnamon Caddis (mostly Abrams Creek)
4. Little Sister Caddis (mostly Abrams Creek)
5. LIght Cahills
6. Little Short-horned Sedges
7. American March Browns
8. Pale Evening Duns
9. Giant Black Stoneflies
10. Little Yellow Stoneflies
11. Streamers (Sculpin, Minnows)
12. Inch Worms
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Brief Article For Today, Saturday and Sunday
The articles will be brief for the next three days because I am behind on preparing
for Troutfest. I hope everyone of you are able to come by and visit with us.
Light Cahill Emergers:
As mentioned in the previous article, Light Cahill nymphs live beneath and down
between rocks on the bottom of the streambed in the fast water runs and riffles.
When they get ready to hatch, they move from their fast water habitat to more
moderate to slow moving water that's very near their fast water habitat. These
nymphs maneuver their way to the surface where they hatch in the surface skim.
They can begin hatching as soon as the early afternoon but the warmer the
weather is, the later in the day they hatch. Like most other mayflies, they hatch
earlier if there is cloud cover. On clear, very warm days the hatch occurs very late,
near sunset. The emerger stage of the hatch is a very short one. These nymphs
change into a dun in a relatively short time. They are able to depart the water within
less than a minute and sometimes, in just a few seconds. The average duration of
the emergence is probably around an hour.
Emerger imitations work best if they are presented in the current seams at the
edge of the fast water. We think short, up and across presentations work best. We
have two Perfect Fly imitations of the emergers. The plain emerger is designed to
float by the CDC wing in the skim. It should not be dressed with floatant. If floatant is
placed on the body of the fly, it will turn sideways. The fly should float with the top of
the CDC flush with the surface. This fly imitates the nymph at the point the wing pad
has split and the wings are just beginning to come out.
Below is our "Perfect Fly" Emerger with a Trailing Shuck. It too, is designed to float
flush with the surface. By the way, you should not present these flies in the fast
water. They should be placed on the slow side of the current seams where slow
water meets fast water. This is usually the edges of the runs and riffles, or the edge
of pockets behind large rocks and boulders.
Notice the CDC wing is a lighter color than the wing of the plain emerger shown
above. That's because the wings are very wet at first and therefore darker than
they are when they are first beginning to dry. This fly imitates the dun more so than
the nymph, or the insect at the point it is about to become a dun and soon depart
the water. The trailing shuck imitates the shuck that sheds from the nymph's body.
These are our "Perfect Fly" Light Cahill Emergers
2011 James Marsh