Adult grannoms have a black charcoal body with tannish mottled wings and range from size 14 to 16. Unlike a majority of bugs that hatch in the East during the spring, grannoms begin hatching in the morning.
CDC Elk Hair Caddis with black charcoal bodies are a good starting point for dry flies. As far as subsurface, peacock soft hackles are one of my favorite flies to fish underneath.
There are plenty of flies in the HomeWaters Fly Shop that will fit the needs of the grannom hatch, including some specially tied flies by some of our guides. If you will be hitting the water, stop to see Joel, so he can help you pick out flies.
Caddis flutter across the surface of the water while they try to lay their eggs. Should you find yourself struggling to catch fish that are rising, try skittering your dry fly across the surface of the water. There are times when the trout will key on moving flies specifically.
The grannoms are arguably one of the the best hatches on the Little J and one of my favorites to fish. It’s always exciting to see signs of what is usually considered the first “major” hatch of spring.
The grannoms should be in full swing this week. Having some of this information tucked in the back of your mind will help make your time on the water more successful. Enjoy!