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- The insect hatches at Bewl are variable from year to year due to the changing water levels.
- The most predominate emerging insects are the midges (chironomids) which is the primary diet of the trout.
- Shallow areas of Bewl will hold sedges, damsel flies and some buzzers
- There is a plentiful hatch of large black buzzers from the middle of March right through to the end of April when they stop hatching.
- Smaller brown and olive buzzers start to appear in late April and May
- Hawthorn flies (terrestrials) tend to appear at the end of April.
- The deep-water species of midges provide food for the trout during the summer. These tend to be quite small.
- From June to October there is a light but continuous presence of large dark midges.
- June is a good time for sedge but their abundance is dependent on high water levels as they need this to thrive.
- During mid June to October corixa, damsels and shrimp become an important food source if plentiful.
- The existence and quantity of daphnia vary because they feed on algae, which in turn is dependent on the condition of the water. A good fly to try if fish are feeding on daphnia is the blob.
- From mid summer to the end of the season coarse fish fry become the main food source. Fry tend to favour deep-water bays and along the banks where there is enough deep water to shelter them. This is a time when larger trout can be caught from the bank as they come in close to feed on the fry.
- The Crane fly better known as Daddy-long-legs is a good source of food for trout and always worth using in its many fly dressings.
After spooning it is evident that this trout has been feeding on daphnia