Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives - mostly Little BWO - Isolated hatches
2. Giant Black Stoneflies - starting any day, nymphs active
3. Hendricksons - hatching
4. Cinnamon Caddis - Mostly Abrams Creek
5  Light Cahills - Starting any day
6. Midges - hatching in isolated locations
7. Little Short-horned Sedges - should hatch randomly for 2-3 months
8. American March Browns - hatching
9. Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crawfish
10. Little Yellow Stoneflies - starting any day, nymphs active
11. Eastern Green Drakes - starting any day Abrams Creek

Giant Black Stoneflies - Adults - Part 3

About the only clue you will have that the Giant Stoneflies are hatching is finding a
shuck (empty skin of the nymph) when one of the large stoneflies changed from a
nymph to an adult or fully grown fly. When you start seeing shucks on the rocks
and banks of the stream you can be assured the Giants have started to hatch.
Unless you search the high limbs of trees or search the sky early in the mornings or
near dust, it is rare you will spot an adult.

Adult Imitation Presentation:
If you have found shucks indicating a hatch is underway you may want to try fishing
an imitation of the adult after the sun sets. If it happens to be cloudy or heavily
overcast, you may want to start fishing the adult a couple of hours before it is
completely dark. If you are fishing anywhere other than the park, there is nothing
wrong with fishing the imitation on into the night. It is illegal to fish in the park at
night. Fishing any freestone stream with fast water (where these stoneflies normally
exist) can be dangerous, so you want to be careful. If you are wading it is best to
get positioned in the stream before dark.

We suggest using an up and across presentation. Most of the activity you will get
on the adult imitation will occur just before dark. After dark, if you hear a trout
splash the surface, you would want to cast towards the sound or disturbed area of
the surface if you can see it. There is nothing wrong with casting all around you
because it is not a good idea to do much wading in the dark. If you are fishing a
stream with fairly clear banks where trees or other obstructions do not interfere with
your  backcast, then that would  be the best way to fish after dark.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh
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