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Hatches and Trout Flies for Laurel Fork Creek Tennessee
Laurel Fork Creek has a huge diverse population of aquatic insects that hatch throughout
most of the year. Several mayflies and caddisflies reside in the creek that you wouldn't
expect to find in most Eastern Appalachian mountain freestone streams.
The most consistent hatch is the usual Blue-winged Olives. There are several species that
hatch months of the year. The best hatches start in February and last through June.
There is a second hatch that occurs in October and early November.
Little Black Winter Stoneflies start the first hatches of the year in late January. These can
hatch into March. Little Brown Stoneflies (actually in the same family as the Little Blacks)
hatch in March and until the middle of April. The Giant Black Stoneflies start hatching the
third week of April. It can last for six weeks. The Yellow Sallies start a couple of weeks later
and hatch into the first of July. The Golden Stoneflies start about the last week of May and
can hatch until the last week of June.
One of the first mayflies to start hatching are the Blue Quills. They start about the first of
March and can last until the middle of April. Quill Gordons start about the same time and
last about a month. The Hendricksons start hatching about the first of April. The hatch last
about a month. American March Browns start hatching near the end of April and last
almost two months. Eastern Pale Evening Duns start hatching around the first of May and
last through June. About two weeks after this hatch starts, the Sulphurs start hatching and
last almost two months. They are not very prolific. There are some Light Cahills that hatch
in late May and June. Slate Drakes start hatching in late June and continue on through
September. This is one of the best hatches on Laurel Fork Creek. Mahagony Duns start
hatching in late August and last for about two months.
There are some Grannon Caddisflies that hatch in March. The hatch last about a month.
Green Sedges are fairly plentiful in the creek. They normally hatch from about the first of
May through June. There are also some Little Short-horn Sedges that hatch near the
same time. The Cinnamon Sedges and a few Spotted Sedge species of caddisflies hatch
from about the first of May through July. They are plentiful in some areas of the creek. The
Great Autumn Brown Sedges start hatching in October and can last until December.
Summertime is terrestrial time and imitations of grasshopper, ants and beetles. Inch worms
also are plentiful and fall and get blown into the water. The terrestrial become important
about the middle of June through September.
Midges hatch throughout the entire year but are most important during the winter.
Streamers are effective in the creek, especially when the water is slightly high and stained.
Imitations of sculpin, small minnows and small crawfish will work great at times.
We always recommend our "Perfect Flies". They are not only the most realistic imitations
you can purchase, they are the most effective flies you can buy. They have proven to work
great on Laurel Fork Creek on every occasion we have fished it. We hope you give them a
try if you haven't already done so.
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