August 8, 2016
August 8, 2016
It ain’t over until the fat lady sings!
Lately I have been hearing rumors that the Trico hatch is “over.” I beg to differ, at least on several beats of the Double R Ranch’s field water. Sure there are fewer clouds of spinners and they are smaller, but the nice thing about fishing this hatch after it has peaked is that your offering is not lost in the midst of thousands of naturals. This morning I took Allen McGee out for some fishing before he presented his soft hackled fly seminar at the Picabo Store. We were blessed with very little wind and plenty of sunshine. Initially we had a few Blue Winged Olive duns but by 9:45 the Tricos were out in force. The trout podded up. I took one fat 15 inch Rainbow on my friend Tom’s Sparkle Dun with an elongated shuck and an oversized wing and missed several “takes.” The whole morning spent Callibaetis spinnera were drifting by but I could not get so much as a “tug” on the trusty old Hen Winged Spinner. Later in the morning the trout were rioting on BWO spinners and a few duns and I was able to and an 18 inch Rainbows on an oversized BWO dun pattern. We called it a day when the wind came up and the damsels had started to distract the attention of all the trout.
Allen put on a nice seminar about what he calls “modern soft hackles.” By that he means the soft hackles he has designed for specific purposes and particular aquatic insects, rather than the traditional ties one encounters in fly shops. His Power Point show included some amazing footage of mayflies swimming prior to emergence which showed us the rationale behind his innovative fly designs. He had two of his books for sale and his third work (which contains a whole slew of emerger and dry patterns constructed from a variety of soft hackle materials) is due to be released in November. Only 10 Members attended and the rest of you sure missed an opportunity.
Doug Andres, Stream Keeper, Double R Ranch