What's on the Menu?


Here we are collating photos of food items available to Loch Eye trout as we capture them (the photos that is!). We have made a stab at indentification where we can, but are not experts in this field, so if you can provide a better identification of any of these creatures, please let us know.

If you witness anything unusual in terms of trout feeding behaviour, hatches etc or capture any images yourself of trout food items, please get in touch, we would love to hear about it and feature your photos.

To keep this page size manageable we have restricted the number of photos for each animal class, or order of insects. Our board on Pinterest is more extensive:

 

Follow TroutQuest's Loch Eye Menu board on Pinterest.

 

Many of the photos below were taken with a compact camera, so are not of the best quality, but we hope they stimulate some ideas for tactics and fly patterns. All of the photos below were taken at Loch Eye.

 


Invertebrates

Arthropods

Insects (Aquatic)

True/Flat-winged Flies (Diptera)

emerging midge, loch eye

apple green midge, loch eye brown midge, loch eye brown midge, loch eye
Emerging Adult Midge Apple Green Midge Brown Midge Brown Midge Pupa Shuck

Olives/Mayflies (Ephemeroptera)

emerging lake olive, loch eye

lake olive, loch eye lake olive, loch eye lake olive, loch eye
Emerging Olive dun Lake Olive dun Lake Olive dun Lake Olive spinner

caenis, loch eye

caenis, loch eye caenis, loch eye caenis, loch eye
Caenis hatch Caenis duns Caenis dun shucks Caenis spinner fall

Sedges/Caddis (Trichoptera)

grouse wing sedge, loch eye

grouse wing sedge, loch eye cassis fly, loch eye caddis fly, loch eye
Grouse Wing Sedge Grouse Wing Sedges unknown sedge unknown sedge

Alderflies (Megaloptera)

alder fly, loch eye

alder fly, loch eye
Alder Fly* Alder Fly*    

Damsels and Dragonflies (Odonata)

damselfly nymph, loch eye

hatching damselfly, loch eye damsel shucks, loch eye common blue damselfly, loch eye
Damsel Nymph Hatching Damselfly Damsel nymph shucks Common Blue Damselfly

Water Bugs (Hemiptera)

corixa, loch eye

loch eye
Corixa (Water Boatmen)      

Beetles (Coleoptera)

No photos yet

Miscellaneous

red water mite, loch eye

loch eye
Red Water Mite      

Insects (Terrestrial)

True/Flat-winged Flies (Diptera)

hawthorn fly, loch eye

hawthorn fly, loch eye crane fly, loch eye crane fly, loch eye
Hawthorn Fly Hawthorn Flies Crane Fly Crane Fly

Beetles (Coleoptera)

leaf beetle, loch eye

loch eye
Leaf Beetle      

Miscellaneous

wood wasp, loch eye

fairy moth, loch eye
Wood Wasp/Horntail? Fairy Moth?    

Crustaceans

freshwater shrimp, loch eye

loch eye
Freshwater Shrimp Water Hoglouse/Water Slater    

Molluscs

Snails

No photos yet


Annelids

Leeches

aquatic leech, loch eye

loch eye
Leech      


Vertebrates

Fish

stickleback shoal, loch eye

stickleback, loch eye stickleback, loch eye marrow spoon, loch eye
Stickleback shoal* Stickleback Stickleback No prizes what was for lunch!

Amphibians

No photos yet

NB: Images marked * are ©Colin Riach


To see how some of these creatures swim, check out the short video below:

 

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