Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Little Short Horned Sedges
3. American March Browns
4. Cinnamon Sedges (Caddisflies) (Abrams Creek)
5. Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
6. Little Sister Caddisflies (Abrams Creek)
7. Pale Evening Duns
8. Little Yellow Stoneflies -Yellow Sallies
9. Eastern Green Drakes (Abrams Creek)
10. Giant Stoneflies
11. Light Cahills
12. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
LIght Cahills - Spinners
Light Cahill spinners normally deposit their eggs and fall spent on the water very
late in the day or early evening. This happens in the same water that they hatch
from. If you notice them dipping to the water late in the afternoon, I suggest you try
an imitation of the spinner. In fact, in many cases the spinner fall may not occur until
in the evening or after dark. It depends on how hot the weather is and if it is cloudy
or not. They fall earlier on cloudy days.
Present the spinner imitation in the same water you would fish the dun imitation -
slower water immediately adjacent too the fast water that I have been over in the
last three articles, except farther down the current seam. Use the same short
upstream or up and across presentation you use for the dun.
You should place your fly at the ends of the current seams downstream of the fast
water. Place your fly in the same area of the bubbles that are almost always present
near the end of these seams. This may require a downstream or a down and across
presentation in under some conditions. The trout are in slower moving water,
sipping the spinners in and are easily spooked.
Gulf Story Six:
I mentioned the pelagic species of mackerel that move into the northern Gulf of
Mexico during the warmer months yesterday. Those are only two of many migrating
or pelagic species that come into the area where the oil spill is now and or they will
be moving into in the near future.
About the same time the Spanish Mackerel arrived, pompano move up the beaches
in shallow water. They are still in the northern Gulf and will be or already are in
trouble with the oil in some areas.
Tarpon move up the west coast of Florida, into the big bend and then the
Panhandle area also. They show up at various places to congregate along the
inlets into the Gulf. They are a very popular species in Boca Grande and Tarpon
Springs Florida among several other places. You can almost set you clock by their
movements. They will arrive in the Big Bend Area in May. Anglers will begin to spot
them and a few will fish for them from May through August from the Big Bend Area
to Louisiana. I have seen them at Panama City Inlet, Destin Inlet and Pensacola
Inlet. I have heard about anglers spotting and fishing for them at the mouth of
Mobile Bay. There are some places they get very plentiful in Louisiana but they are
rarely fished for there.
Tarpon do not breathe the same way most fish breathe. They also surface to
breathe air. That is what they are doing when they roll on the surface. How will they
survive if the surface is covered with oil and it is right now in many areas they
normally migrate to.
I didn't mention Cobia, or the shadows of the sea, I like to call them. They come
along the northern Panhandle beach just off the second sand bar and sometimes in
even shallower. Sight fishing is popular during the month of April all the way from
Panama City Beach to Pensacola Beach. In May most of them are on the oil rigs
offshore of the coast line from Mobile Bay to South Louisiana. Many of them will
hang around buoys. They spend the summer there and it is thought they migrate
across the Gulf on their way back to warmer water when the weather starts turning
What will the Cobia do? They are already in oil, or they have let their normal
locations west of Mobile Bay as of now. The tarpon and king mackerel are yet to
discover their new environment in the Gulf of Oil.
Latest Oil Spill News:
BP has a couple of ways they say may stop the leak they will soon be trying out.
Lets hope it works.
A credible source of information from a study of the video of the oil leaking, done by
a University, suggest the leak is far larger than estimated. Instead of a 5,000
thousand barrels a day, they say it is leaking 25,000 gallons a day. I don't doubt it
at all but of course that is just another estimate.
I will give the President some credit for his yesterday's fit he pitched about the leak. I
think it is finally dawning on the White House that this is huge, far greater and far
more damaging than they originally thought.