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. Green Sedges - hatching
11. Little Sister Caddisflies - Mostly Abrams Creek
12. Eastern Pale Evening Duns - (called Sulfurs by some)
13. Sulphurs - hatching in isolated areas
Sulphur - Nymphs:
The crawler nymphs inhibit the riffles and runs of the moderate to slow currents.
This type of water is found in the section of stream that falls on a slow to moderate
decline in elevation as opposed to a steep decent.
The best time to fish our "Perfect Fly" Sulphur Dun Nymph is just prior to a hatch.
The nymphs become real active and loose a lot of their normal caution.
You can fish the nymph imitation prior to the hatch near the bottom using a strike
indicator or on the swing. If the bottom terrain permits, you are better off fishing a
nymph right on the bottom. Add enough weight a few inches above the fly to the
tippet to make sure the fly stays on the bottom. The fly works best if it is bouncing
along the bottom of the stream.
We use an up and across presentation in most cases. There are some situation
where the waters surface is smooth that you may want to use a down and across
presentation. It is more difficult to get close to the trout in smooth water and the
down and across cast lets you drift the fly over trout that are a good distance from
you. Just prior to the hatch, we much prefer to fish the nymph without a strike
indicator but you can catch fish using one. The choice is a matter of preference.
This is our "Perfect Fly" Sulphur Nymph. Note the EMU feathers that imitate the
large gills of the mayfly.
Copyright James Marsh 2009