Re: Georgia hatches
Posted by Brandon on August 16, 1997 at 06:54:31:
In Reply to: Re: Georgia hatches posted by GRW on June 02, 1997 at 00:15:50:
I recently purchased a book entitled "Trout Fishing In North Georgia", 2nd edition, written by Jimmy Jacobs. This book is an excellent source of general information and listings of trout waters located inside the WMA's of North GA. as well as directions on how to get there, accessability, stocked or wild, and special regulations for certain streams. Anyway, Mr. Jacobs brief discussion on "fly hathes" in North Georgia states, " on our Peach State streams, true hatches are rare and very unpredictable. The nutrient poor waters of our tumbling freestone streams do provide a wide variety of aquatic insects, but none that is dominant at any given time". He goes on to mention the observations of Mr Don Pfitzer, who is now retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. " According to his ( Mr. Pfitzer) observations, the constant supply of terrestrial insects blown into the streams amounts to a "hatch" in that it is a food source on which the trout depend. Inspections of the stomachs of Georgia trout reveal that the most commonly found insect, or food form of any kind , is, in fact, the common black ant."