Monday, August 30, 2010

Beetles, Browns & 'Bows

It's terrestrial time for trout. Late summer's hot days with cool nights are the perfect combination to keep bugs active and make trout hungry. Grasshoppers, crickets, ants, and beetles are all on the menu plate when they hit the water after an errant hope or get carried by a gust of wind. Try "plopping" your flies along shoreline grass or under overhanging brush and branches.

This hefty spring creek brown took an all-time favorite terrestrial pattern, the Crowe beetle. This fly, of western PA origin, has been around for decades and still catches trout whenever they are tuned in to land-based bugs.