SW VIRGINIA and NE TENNESSEE HATCHES

(Bruce Wankel’s 2002 observations)

                                   

 

Aquatic Insects, etc.

Fly

Period

Comments

SW VA & NE Tenn. Highland Streams

Tiny & Early Stone (14-22)

Dec - Mar

Hatches all winter. Tiny-black, Early is Brown

Midges (20-22)

all winter

Use Griffith Gnat or Cream Midge

Blue Quill (16-20)

2/20 - 4/15

Good hatches on So. Fork 4/16/02

Early Tan Caddis

2/20 – 4/15

Can be a daily hatch on  So. Fork, saw some 4/16/02

Quill Gordon (12-14)

3/20 – May 8

1st  large mayfly! A few seen on Whitetop 5/07/02  

Isonychia (16-18)

4/10 - 5/20

Hatches also in Aug. on So Fork; swim the nymph!

March Brown (12-14)

4/15 - 5/10

I catch more fish on MB nymph than the dry

Little Yellow Stonefly (16)

4/15 - 8/1

good all late spring/summer, some are lime or brown

Light Cahill (16 - 18)

4/25 - 6/25

few seen on in high country

Mother’s Day Caddis (14)

5/1 - 5/20

May 2002- slight hatch on Whitetop.

Light Hendrickson (14)

5/15 - 6/10

I did not see many in 2002

Sulphur Dun (16)

5/15 - 6/30

Has been our best mayfly hatch in recent times

Eastern Green Drake (8-10)

5/25 - 6/20

The hatch on Whitetop Laurel began 05/14/02

Giant Black Stonefly (10-12)

6/1 - 7/25

best in the evening, fish a Stimulator

Blue Winged Olive (18)

6/1 - 6/25

The parachute is easier to see in the shadows

Crm,Brn, White Drake (10-14)

6/25 - 7/25

Notice King bird feeding on these in the So Fork

Cinnamon Sedge (12)

9/20 – 10/30

 “Stickbait” caddis

Northeast Tennessee Tailwaters - Holston & Watauga

Sulphurs (16-18) Watauga

May & June   

Good low water hatch

Sulphurs (14-18) Holston

Year around  

Also fished good hatches Aug Nov. 2002 

Blue Wing Olives (16-22)

year around

A Blue Quill pattern can be a good alternative

Dark Dun Caddis (14-16)   

Spring

Blk E.H. caddis, dark emerg. Watauga great hatch 4/18/02

Little Black Caddis (18-20)

May late fall   

Fishes best in the evening period

Cranefly (18-20)

Year around

I fish the partridge and yellow for emerger

Midges & Blackfly(20-26)

Nov –March  

Brad Befus’ biot larva glassbead for larva/pupa

Cress & Scuds (16-18)

Year around

Cress bugs above Hickory Tree Bridge, scuds below

 

 

 

Terrestrials

Fly

Period

Comments

Ants (14-22)

Apr - Oct

Flying ant pattern can work well on breezy days

Inchworms (14-16)

Apr - July

Green Deer hair or foam

Beetles (14-18)

June - Oct

Nice Watauga fish taken on #10 black Chernobyl

Japanese Beetles

June – July

Late June & July on the So Fork

Crickets (16)

June - Oct

My favorite for early Oct

Grasshoppers (10-14)

June - Oct

good on So. Fork,VA & Watauga drift trips

 

                       

Don’t forget streamers for high and stained water conditions.  Some of year’s biggest fish in second order streams and tailwater trips are taken on streamers and 6-wt sink tips.

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