With water temps warming up many of most fly fishers favorite bugs are becoming active. Currently on the middle Provo near where I live we have the infamous green drake (pictured above) hatch taking place. This hatch only hangs around for a few weeks out of the year. The large majestic mayflies seem to rise every fish in the river at one time or another. Masked by the drakes are many other hatches. These hatches may include PMDs, golden stones, and caddis flies depending on the day. Trout love these hatches because it means a water column filled with wriggling emerging insects and an abundance of adults on the water’s surface, both of which are accompanied by the greedy unquenchable appetite of trout. Similarly, we as anglers share this unquenchable lust, only ours is to catch the trout, not the bugs which they are after.
Having said that, an understanding of basic aquatic entomology has helped me in many instances. I’ll be the first to admit that trout have fooled me more times than I have fooled them, especially in hatch conditions. Below are a few resources that I believe to be handy in solving these deceptive mysteries:
Nothing compensates for time spent looking at the tiny creatures fish call food. Learn to recognize the major aquatic insects, spend a little time behind the vise tying the right imitations for the season, and you will increase your odds of fooling the many trout which you seek.
This Saturday I will be giving a free fly tying demo at our local fly shop here in Logan Utah. I will be touching on attractor nymphs, including Egan’s Frenchie, Iron Lotus, and a few of my favorite original patterns. I’m planning on finding time to talk about the Provo River, and effective patterns I use while guiding. For me it is tough to talk about attractor nymphs and not include European style nymphing, so I’m sure I will throw that into the loop as well (since it is my favorite fly fishing topic to talk about). It starts at 10:00 AM this Saturday, so if you are in the area, feel free to stop in.
Here in Utah, winter finally decided to show up, along with some storms. Its been extremely cold and windy as of late. Even if I consider myself a hardcore fly fisherman, there are still days when its time to leave those waders hanging up in the garage and sit down at your vise. With that said, January is a great month to fill up the spaces in your fly boxes. Its also a great time to work on some new patterns. If you have plenty of your confident patterns tied up and ready to fish, you can spend some time tying up some patterns that you have been thinking about tying, but never had time to tie them.
Taking advantage of this cold month to catch up 0n your tying, you won’t have to be always trying to catch up the rest of the year when you are fishing more.
If you love to fly fish, but don’t tie flies yet, this is a fabulous month to get started. We have plenty of simple, yet effective patterns on our website that will get you started in the right direction, and still catch plenty of fish.
Don’t waste this month away! Get out on the river when its possible, and get those flies tied up now so you can spend more time on the water when its nice and warm!!!!