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SCUS. Amphipoda isopoda

Commonly known as scuds are found swimming and crawling in pools and flats they are and important participant in behavioral drift. Active, agile swimmers they dart around the bottom for food in water less than three feet deep.

They feed most actively at night and on overcast days

During daylight hours trout will root scuds out of weed beds.

Amphipoda are an important to ingredient in a trouts winter diet.


Ants, Hymenoptera

Ants are terrestrials, insects not of aquatic origin. Commonly black or brown, some winged. Commonly blown into the water with the wind or from branches  numbers vary through spring, summer, and autumn, often peaking during a specific time period.  Look before you cast.


 Especially important in summer and early autumn.


 When I fed the pet trout in my springhouse, (shop) the trout would race each other to get them. They loved them.

I believe our slow-witted finned friends possess an instinct to take ants all year.


Sucker Spawn

You should care about suckers because trout love sucker spawn!

Among the Little Lehigh Fly Fishers John Coxey was the crown prince of Sucker Spawn!

Brandishing his favorite sucker spawn pattern, John would prowl the banks searching for pods of spawning suckers. Invariably there would be a big fat trout down stream dining on eggs.

Sucker spawn seems to work all year.


Honeybug Inchworm

 My go to pattern is Don’s Honeybug Inchworm. I’m not sure if it imitates lepidoptera oo

or tricoptera. Maybe it just looks yummy.



Crane flies begin showing up on spring creeks around February 15th. As the season becomes warmer, their intensity increases, with the greatest intensity in midsummer.

Look for swarms resting on partially submerged deadfall.

Cranefly patterns produce all year.



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