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Hatches and Trout Flies for the Raven Fork, North Carolina
That is a huge rainbow trout David Knapp has caught in the photo above. The
Palimono Trout are also very large. These large trout feed primarily on minnows,
baitfish and crawfish I would think, although they have been fed in a hatchery most all
their life. They may also feed on large stonefly and mayfly nymphs.
This stream flows out of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and has all the
aquatic and terrestrial insects you will find in the park. Since it is heavily stocked and
regularly done so, I don't think matching what may hatch would be the approach to use.
These trout don't know what an insect is and I doubt any are in the stream long enough
to learn very about it since they are stocked at an old age.
We recommend large nymphs or streamers over anything.
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