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)
I hope everyone has the opportunity to get out to Townsend Tennessee this weekend for
Troutfest. The weather is going to be absolutely perfect for the event and for those who
have the opportunity to get in some fishing time while they are visiting the Great Smoky
We have had a double booth in the show for the past two years but not this year. It's all we
can do to keep up with the growth of our Perfect Fly business. Jerry Maslar of Trout
University, and Steve Lamb of Georgia Fly Guides, both helped us with the previous shows,
but were not able to this year due to schedule problems. Right now both Angie and I are
doing all we can do to working about twelve hours a day and seven days a week to keep up
with our orders.
I did commit to write an article for the Troutfest Journal a year ago and I was able to do that
during this past Winter. Please be sure to pick up a copy of the Journal and read my
article on "Smoky Mountain Trout Flies. The journals will be available at the show and at
other locations afterwards.
KISS A Bug Series - Slate Drakes
Slate Drake spinners are commonly called "White Gloved Howdys" because they look like
they are wearing white gloves on their front legs. The spinners usually come back to the
stream within two days of the time the hatch occurs. Hatching and mating takes place
on-shore, not in the water.
The female deposits her eggs by flying just over the surface. They will dip slightly into the
water to knock the eggs off. This activity usually occurs very late in the day or after dark
in some cases. Unless there's a huge hatch, there's usually not a large numbers of
spinners on the water at any one time. At this time of the year the spinners usually deposit
their eggs in the late afternoons. Like many other mayflies, if the skies are very cloudy or
overcast, the egg layers usually begin earlier in the late afternoons than normal.
Just to refresh your memory from yesterday's article, these mayflies hatch over a very long
period of time starting in the Spring and lasting through the Summer into Fall. There's
usually a lag the hatches during the middle of the Summer. For this reason, some anglers
think they are bi-brooded or hatch twice a year but this isn't true. It's just a long hatch period
with a break in the middle of the period.
If you see females depositing eggs on the surface of the water, you have the ideal situation.
You want to place your Perfect Fly Spinner imitation in the same area and the same type
of other areas in the stream where you see them or not. Remember, the hatches last
over a long period of time and most days the hatches are not heavy. That means the
spinner falls won't be heavy. It doesn't take many of these large mayflies to get the trout's
attention. They get used to seeing the spinner falls over the long hatch period.
The females deposit their eggs in the same type of water they emerged from. This is
usually calmer areas of water in fast moving, pocket water streams. Usually a down and
across presentation works best. You do want to keep a drag free drift when imitating the
spinners. The exact type of presentation greatly depends on the particular type of water
you are fishing. If it's pockets, you will probably want to use an up or up and across
presentation. You can usually stay hidden from the trout in pocket water and it's best to
fish to trout looking in the opposite direction or away from your position.
In some cases you may find a trout feeding on the spinners and be able to cast to that
individual fish. That's not often the case and most of the time you will be fishing blind. If
you do, most often it's feeding in shallow water. This usually requires a long, downstream
presentation to where the fly reaches the trout before the leader does.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
The Real Deal
The eyes do not have yellow spots. That's from studio lights.