Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
2. Little Winter Stoneflies
3. Blue-winged Ollives (Baetis brunnicolor) and Little BWOs
4. Blue Quills
5. Quill Gordons
6. Little Black Caddis (Brachycentrus)
7. Little Brown Stoneflies
Most available/ Near hatching and/or other types of available food:
8. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
Update on Fly Fishing Strategies from the 2/28/12 Report:
I mentioned that I might update this article before the week is over and I'm doing that, but for a
different reason than I anticipated. I'm just reporting that what was predicted by the long range
weather forecast guys (the weather that I based the 28th strategies article on) appears to be
It's early Thursday morning and raining hard but the radar shows only a large, isolated
thunderstorm that should end soon. At this time, the precipitation map of the park shows one little
area with over an inch of rain with most of the park having received between a half and
three-quarters of an inch. That will raise the stream levels a little but shouldn't adversely affect
them unless it continues to rain more than predicted. It's doing just that in Pigeon Forge at this
time of 3:00 AM. Yes, I'm up late already celebrating my March 1st. birthday. Celebrating your
birthday at my age means drinking coffee and eating birthday cake. Yep, I'm also typing this
Today should be beautiful and nice and warm. AccuWeather is still predicting 1.6 inches of rain
for Gatlinburg for Friday and early Saturday morning. If they are right, that will bring the streams
up too high to safely wade for a short time in most areas this weekend. As I usually mention, the
rainfall amounts for the high elevations of the park isn't a part of anyone's forecast and is always
a big guess.
"K.I.S.S. A Bug" Series - Little Black Caddisflies - Part 2
Don't Confuse the Hatches
Be aware that it's easy to confuse the Little Black Caddisflies with another little black
caddisfly called Tiny Black Caddis.
The Tiny Black Caddis I'm referring to hatch in the Smokies in fairly large numbers. I'm fairly sure
these little tiny caddis are Chimarra obscura species but I have not sent them to an entomologist
to verify that, and I have not tried to identify them using my microscope and the keys. I do know
for a fact, the Chimarra obscura species exit in the park because they are on the Discover Life
list. I do know the caddisflies I'm referring to crawl out of the water on rocks to hatch into adults.
The only times I have seen the adults around the water, they were either newly hatched
caddisflies crawling around on the rocks, or females that were laying eggs by crawling down the
rocks into the water to deposit them.
The book Caddisflies says the Tiny Black Caddis (Chimmara species) deposit their eggs on the
surface. If so, they must do it at night. Swisher and Richards (Selective Trout) says they dive
underwater to deposit them. I say they crawl down into the water to deposit them but again, I
haven't positively identified them. I'm sure the caddis I'm referring to deposits them underwater
by crawling down into the water or otherwise, unlike any caddisfly, these are into scuba diving. .
Again, I'm referring to the Tiny Black Caddis anglers confuse the Little Black Caddis with. I've
never seen them on the surface of the water and I have not been able to catch trout
imitating them. About the only thing they do is drive me crazy trying to figure them out. There's
plenty of them. You will see them by the dozens at times. These are easy to confuse with Little
Black Caddis; however, if you look closely, they are much smaller, the females being a hook size
20 at the very largest. Little Black Caddis are a hook size 18. See the image of what I believe is
the Little Chimmara species below.
I'm not trying to make the KISS series complicated. The important point here is that you
should be aware there's more than one little Black Caddisfly. The Little Black Caddis hatch
midstream almost like a mayfly. They deposit their eggs on the surface of the water late in the
day and are easy to tell apart from that standpoint.
I have never been able to catch trout trying to imitate the Tiny Black Caddis. I assume it's
because I can't imitate them crawling out of the water on a rock to hatch, or crawling down a rock
into the water to deposit their eggs. I need a walking Perfect Fly. If anyone can help me out
with this, I'm all ears. I gave up on them a few years ago. On the other hand, Angie and I have
caught hundreds of trout imitating Little Black Caddis both hatching and depositing their eggs. I'll
get into how you go about doing that starting tomorrow.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
Image of the Tiny Black Caddis I believe to be a Chimmara genus species.