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July 19, 2016

July 19, 2016

The past two mornings the Trico hatch has grown in intensity on every beat out in the field water of the Double R Ranch. Now that the Trico hatch has spread downstream, it would be a good time to float the beats of the lower field water. More trout have started to move onto the Ranch from below the highway as water temperatures at Point of Rocks and The Willows campgrounds start to rise. On windy days the Trico hatch might not start until 8:30 a.m. but on warm calm mornings it will start earlier.

This morning the Trico hatch lasted about two hours and produced pods of 2 dozen rising trout. It remains a tough hatch to hook much less land trout. I fumbled around with a half dozen Trico dries that did not interest other than the occasional fish including a No Hackle, a female Trico Spinner and a green bodied spinner. But then I tried my friend Tom Lampl’s version of a Trico Sparkle Dun which features an elongated gray shuck, a black body and light cream deer hair wings in size 22. It was the answer for me. I will give it top billing tomorrow morning because the trout loved it and it is very visible to the angler. I’m going to have to call Tom and have him tie me up another dozen.

During the Trico hatch you will find that the trout suck the naturals and your flies in and spit them out immediately if something doesn’t taste or feel correct. You also will have difficulty seeing the “take” given the size of your fly and the angle of the morning light. There are some things you can do to increase the amount of hookups.

First, you can use a larger dry fly as an indicator fly and attach a 7X tippet with a Trico dry on its end. I can’t personally do this because I don’t cast correctly and that results in horrible tangles of small tippets.

Second, you can fish something besides Trico imitations. I remember an article which appeared in Field & Stream thirty years ago entitled “Anting the Hatch.” The author offered the alternative of fishing a nasty looking black ant in the middle of the Trico hatch. You could also use beetles, small nymphs or soft hackles. You might also try a small hopper as there are a lot of hoppers on the Ranch this week; this evening my friend and I caught some live hoppers and fed them to the large trout that rest in the hole behind my trailer.

This morning there was a strong hatch of damsel flies after the Tricos were done. So, if you plan to stay out on the water after 11:00 a.m. you better brig along some sparsely tied damsel imitations.

Doug Andres, Stream Keeper, Double R Ranch