Think Like a Trout, Act Like a Bug.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire

Blue winged olives are an early season hatch that results in consistent feeding by trout - both on the surface, and sub-surface. But trout are not the only creatures out for an easy meal...

Freshly emerged Baetis dun - straight from the water and into the web.

Escape is no longer an option.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Best Bet for Spring Trout

One of the first mayflies to emerge in the spring are blue winged olives (Baetis sp.). These mayflies tend to have two or three generations per season depending on how fertile and warm the stream is. When fishing the nymphs remember that it will be the larger mature nymphs that are getting ready to emerge that will be the most active. A simple olive Hare's Ear type pattern is all that is needed, but if you're fishing a fly larger than size 16 your fly is too big.

Baetis sp. nymphs - the larger nymph in the foreground will be ready to emerge in a week or so,
the smaller one in the back still has some growing to do and will emerge in mid-summer. 
Most Baetis nymphs emerge mid-stream on the surface but a few species will crawl out along the stream margin.

Baetis sp. nymph getting ready to emerge.
Not all blue winged olive duns are olive - some come in shades of tan or rusty-brown.

Baetis sp. dun almost fully emerged

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The End of Winter

Zapada cinctipes and the last winter stoneflies of the season.

Zapada cinctipes (adult female)

Zapada cinctipes (exuvia)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mirror, Mirror

Air bubbles have a unique way of catching the light and glittering like diamonds. For aquatic insects like backswimmers and water boatmen, that use trapped air bubbles to breath under water, sparkle can be more important than color. Silver tinsel and Krystal Flash are great body materials to work into any fly pattern tied to imitate these groups.

Monday, April 24, 2017

New Fly Fishing Film

I have posted the results of my latest film project to YouTube. The Last Cast is a short fly fishing documentary with no fancy gear, no epic drone shots, no trendy outfits; just real people talking about life, fly fishing, and the final cast. 

Best enjoyed in HD...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017