What Fish Eat
Aquatic insects make up the majority of a fish's diet. The four key insect orders (listed first and not including Streamers or Terrestrials) that emerge from streams and lakes are:
A streamer is a wet fly pattern which imitates a small baitfish that larger trout will feed on. There are a number of streamer patterns which can be effective in trout habitat - lakes and streams. Listed in the table below are just a couple of patterns that I've found to catch trout in the Sierra Nevada.
|Pattern Name||Color||Hook Size||Thumbnail Image|
|Matuka||Black Body||# 10|
|Wooly Bugger||Olive Green Body||# 16|
|Zonker||Green Body||# 8|
Photo of October Caddisfly by P. Michael Carl © The Ecological Angler