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Trout Nut: An essential stocking stuffer!!!

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An Essential Trout Hunter’s Resource: Trout Nut


Fly Tying: Bug Identification?

Last night, I ventured out to the rig for something and upon coming back toward the front door, I noticed the porch lights and white front door were covered with hundreds of these smallish flies. They looked like mid size midges, but they fluttered about quickly so I could not tell. As I walked inside, I considered how many I must have escorted inside. This morning, I noticed quite a few had made their way through the house to the kitchen sink and some water in a bowl, setting in the sink. So, I saw one nearby and snapped a photo. Don’t believe it is a midge. Any one know what variety of fly this is? Cranefly? Close as I could come with some research at Troutnut.





Fly Tying: Stoneflies


Brooks Stonefly

Troutnut gives stoneflies less significance beyond the craziness of May-June on Western streams/rivers. The patterns associated with stoneflies, like most insect patterns, run from the simple to the complex. The Brook’s Stone, Montana Stone or Bitch Creek catch many fish. The above pattern was a simple tie. Leave off the backstrap/wingcase of turkey and you would have a Brooks Stonefly. The Golden Stonefly and Little Yellow Stonefly are Summer time staples. Stonefly patterns are often used as sources of weight to sink other nymphs, where weight cannot be affixed to the leader/tippet.

The above pattern has a goose biot tail. Copper wire ribbing is wrapped over a turkey backstrap and black dubbed abdomen. The same dubbing material is used to dub a heavier thorax, which was over wrapped with black hen hackle and that covered by the same extended turkey fibers to form the wingcase. I have used black, fuzzy yarn before to form the abdomen/thorax, as opposed to dubbing. Hackle fibers could be used for the tail rather than the goose biots, although the biots look more realistic for a stonefly nymph and are more durable. The biots (tail) must be spread and not collapsed. Here is a tutorial that shows the attachment of the biots.


October Caddis Fly Pattern (Not just in October)


October Caddis~ Dicosmoecus by G. Muncy

The October Caddis are available at current edges or slower water by June or July according to Westfly, where I imagine they stage or prepare for the late Summer hatch.

Peeking Caddis~SwittersB

Peeking Caddis~SwittersB

October Caddis Dry~Smokey Mtn. Fly Guide

October Caddis Dry~Smokey Mtn. Fly Guide

 “There are apparently a number of different sub-species in what is commonly called October Caddis or Fall Caddis or Giant Caddis.  Most belong to the family Dicosmoecus. They range from California to Alaska.  
The larva of these giant caddis build tube-like cases.  During the winter months when the larva are tiny, these cases are made from vegetable matter attached to a foundation of silk.  As the larva grows in size through the spring months they abruptly switch to cases made from small gravel.  You can observe these larvae crawling around on the streambed dragging their cases with them as the forage for algae and decaying plant and animal matter.  During the the summer months of June and July Dicosmoecus larvae are important trout foods.  Daily behavioral drift cycles occur in the early afternoon, usually peaking about 4:00 P.M.  They are one of the few families of caddis that leave their cases before behavioral drift cycles.  This makes them extremely enticing to large trout.  In August these larvae seal themselves in their cases and by September they are ready to emerge as adults.”

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