Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Cinnamon Sedges (Caddisflies) (Abrams Creek)
3. Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
4. Little Sister Caddisflies (Abrams Creek)
5. Eastern Pale Evening Duns
7. Little Yellow Stoneflies -Yellow Sallies
8. Slate Drakes
9. Light Cahills
10. Little Green Stoneflies
11. Golden Stoneflies
18. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
For those that may not know, terrestrial insects are insects that are born on land
and remain on land all their life unless they are blown into the water by wind or
accidentally get into the water some other way. The most common terrestrial insects
are ants, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets and moth larvae. There are several others.
About this time of the year, the aquatic insects (insects born in the water) have
mostly hatched and are in the egg or tiny size nymphal or larval stage of their life.
Such insects are Quill Gordons, Blue Quills, Hendricksons, Winter Stoneflies, Little
Brown Stoneflies, Little Black Caddis and others that have already hatched. The list
of food you see above will be reduced during the next month to only a very few
aquatic insects. This is one reason why terrestrial insects become important.
Another reason is that about this time of the year, the terrestrial insects become
grown and are far more subject to getting into the water than they are when they
are immature. They are also large enough and provide enough food to get the
It isn't normal for a terrestrial insect to get into the water. Most of the time the moth
larvae and grasshoppers get into the water because they are blown in by high
winds. Most of the ants and beetles that get in the water are washed in by heavy
rainfall. Naturally, these periods of time increase your odds of fishing imitations of
the terrestrials; however, it isn't necessary. You can catch trout on imitations of
these insects anytime.
During the next few articles, we will provide some tips and techniques for fishing
imitations of terrestrial insects in the Smokies.
Upper left - flying ant, upper right -
inch worm (moth larva), left is a