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Hatches and Trout Flies for Anthony Creek Tennessee
(GSMNP)We have never captured any stream samples of aquatic insects from
Anthony Creek but we have several other small streams including two in the Cades
Cove area that flow into Abrams Creek. It is always amazing at the variety of the insects
present when we do. All of them have the huge Giant Stonefly nymphs down to the
smallest of the Little Blue-winged Olives and Blue Quills. I feel sure, Anthony is no
Beginning in late February, you can usually find some Blue-winged Olives hatching on a
cloudy day. About the first of March, chances are good that the Blue Quill mayflies will
start to hatch. The exact time can vary a couple of weeks or more if the weather is
abnormally warm or cold.
Around the same time you will begin to see the Little Black Caddis along the rocks and
banks. These can actually provide more action and result in more trout caught than the
Blue Quills or Quill Gordons. From about the middle of the afternoons you can fish
imitations of the pupa, then change to an adult pattern when the hatch gets to going
good. After about an hour, the egg layers from previous hatches will return to deposit
their eggs. The action can last until dark.
Almost at the same time the Blue Quills start hatching, the larger Quill Gordons begin to
hatch. The Quill Gordons hatch on or near the bottom and may or may not get any
attention from the trout on the surface depending on several factors. We have a
"Perfect Fly" pattern just for this. It is a wet fly that works great whether the trout are
taking the duns on the surface or not.
The March Browns will show up about mid April but not in heavy concentrations. By the
first of May the Light Cahills will start hatching here and there but again, not in a
concentrated manner. You can catch trout fishing these hatches, but not as
consistently as you can on the Little Black Caddis, Blue Quills or Quill Gordons.
I haven't mentioned the stoneflies but they are very plentiful in all the small streams in
the park. The first ones to appear are the Winter Stoneflies that show up in January. In
April you will begin to see the Little Yellow Stoneflies, or Yellow Sallies. They will provide
a lot of action late in the afternoons around sunset.
In early to mid October, the water will cool down and some late season hatches of
Blue-Winged Olives and Mahogany Duns will start to hatch. The Mahogany Duns, a
sister to the early Blue Quills, usually hatch in large quantities and provide some great
action. These are small mayflies, usually a hook size 18-20 but they will get the
attention of the trout.
During the month of June, grasshoppers, beetles, ants and inch worms, all terrestrial
insects, become important food items for the trout. Theres few hatches occurring, so
most anglers start using imitations of these terrestrials. The inch worms, or moth larvae,
are especially important due to the large numbers of them in the forest of the park.
Craneflies are everywhere water exist in the park. The larva and adults are important
insects to imitate. Hellgrammites, or the larva stage of the Dobsonfly, is another
abundant insect that is in many of the park's streams.
We recommend our "Perfect Fly" imitations. They are the best, most effective flies you
can purchase and use anywhere trout exist. If you haven't already done so, please give
them a try. You'll be glad you did. By the way, we also have all the popular generic and
impressionistic trout flies for sale on this site. If you choose to use those, they are very
low priced and of high quality.
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