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They have to eat or they die so they eventually begin to eat the same aquatic insects that the resident trout eat

Matching the hatch works because of a phenomena called "selectivity."

If you are interested in the biology behind selectivity, read this:


There is an intermediate stage between opportunistic and selective feeding called semi-selectivity that Gary Borger explains here in his blog:

 
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After about a year stockers behave pretty much like a wild one. Before that they're pretty susceptible to anything that hits the water near them if they happen to be relatively shallow.
 
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