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. Eastern Green Drakes - should be hatching in Abrams Creek
11. Green Sedges - hatching
12. Little Sister Caddisflies - Mostly Abrams Creek
13. Eastern Pale Evening Duns - starting any day (called Sulfurs by some)
New "Perfect Fly" Inch Worm
After several tries, we have finally got our "Perfect Fly" Inch Worm fly like we want it.
They are now in stock and can be ordered from the website. They come in hook
sizes from 10, 12, 14 and 16.
The inchworm, also called the spanworm, looper, and measuring worm, is the larva
stage of life for the moth. There are numerous species of them in the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park.
Inchworms are a yellowish/green color. Most of them are green. At times the worm
like larvae will suspend several inches from limbs on a silk thread they produce.
They do this hanging act when they are ready to pupate. It is common for them to
fall into the water. In fact, if they are suspended over the water, they are going to
fall into the water.
A good time to try an inchworm pattern would be when you spot a few of them
hanging from tree limbs, especially during those times when a major hatch is not
underway, which is ninety percent of the time. If you have not seen any of
them on the banks it very unlikely there will be any in the water. That doesn't mean
you can't catch fish on the fly. You probably can even if there are no inch worms
simply because the fly also closely resembles other food such as Rock Worms (free
living caddis larvae) and some of the net-spinning caddis larvae.
The different species of inchworms pupate at different times of the year. You will
find them throughout the summer but heavy only at certain times. Once the trout
have seen them, it doesn't seem to matter if they are lots of them or not.
As with most terrestrials, in the larger streams you should fish the "Perfect Fly" Inch
Worm Fly near the banks concentrating on those with overhanging limbs of trees
and bushes. Most of the small stream have tree limbs that about cover the entire
width of the stream. The fly can be fished with or without any added weight A very
good method is to use a large fly such as a hopper as an indicator and fish the
inchworm larvae imitation below it at a depth depending upon the depth of the water
you are fishing. Not only is the large fly a good strike indicator, it may also get some
action from the trout.
Of course you can also use a strike indicator. We almost always fish the fly without
an indicator or a large dry fly tandem rig. You can detect the strike simply by
watching your line and leader. That is our preferred way of fishing the fly.
You can order the Inch Worm Flies Here.
Copyright James Marsh 2009