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New "Perfect Fly" Black Fly Larva Fly
We are happy to announce that we have our new "Perfect Fly" (Simuliidae) flies that imitate the Black Fly larvae, pupae and adults. This is the most overlooked aquatic insect that trout feed on. This article is about the Black Fly Lara Fly.
Although little has been written about it, the Black Fly accounts for a large part of the diet of trout in many trout streams throughout the nation. They live and thrive in trout streams from coast to coast. California's McCloud River has a huge population of black flies. So does the South Holston River in Tennessee. Those are just two of numerous trout streams where black flies account for a large part of the trouts food.
The larvae of the black flies live in riffles. They can attach themselves to rocks and they also hang out on the end of silk lines they form similar to net-spinning caddisflies. It is false to think that black flies only live in slow moving water. They can and do live in slow moving streams but they also live in swift water streams.
Presentation: The "Perfect Fly" Black Fly Lava Fly should be presented the same way you would a caddisfly larva imitation. Fish it in the fast water riffles as well as any slow moving riffles and runs in streams where black flies exist. Keep in mind that is in far more trout streams than most anglers would imagine.
Add some weight to the tippet a few inches above the fly. Cast it up and across the riffles and runs and mend your line to get it down on or near the bottom. As the fly heads downstream, swing the rod around to follow the fly holding the tip high. When it is down and across the current as far as it will go on or near the bottom, repeat the presentation.
You can also fish the larva on a strike indicator. Adjust the depth to where the fly stays near the bottom. It can also be presented using the short line or "high stickin" method of nymphing.