Mastering the Hatch part 2


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Posted by David Dempsey on 2013-05-01 14:03:13

If you tell people you aren't very good, you generally won't get much argument--unless one is playing golf, poker or pool and wagering on it.

So...I'm pretty average in my flyfishing skills--but happen to be fairly lucky--with a knack for showing up in the right place at the right time, which is often far more important than being good ;-)

I do OK--with a dry fly (I'm not sure if I am horribly bored by nymphing or just plain suck at it).

...and yet I manage to do well at times. Mind bendingly, umbelievably, exceptionally well--at times.

Part of the key for any of you who like to fish the dry fly is to try to be on the water at those times you think the bugs are going to be hatching. We know that prior to a hatch of any kind, there is almost always a period a pre-hatch activity: The nymphs begin to get restless; they loosen their grip on the bottom (critical if we are talking about some of the clinger group of mayflies) and the trout begin to key in and feeding more aggressively--sometimes even more recklessly. This is the normal ebb and flow as a wild trout is the model of efficiency, expending a minimum of calories to feed. No bugs? A slack bite and at best, opportunistic feeding...

Now, let's even go a step further: One should try to be on the water when a hatch is taking place--a hatch that is easy to match and to fish. Of course, if we could do that with any consistency, all of us would be famous guides with books being written about us--and should maybe think about picking stocks and ponies ;-)

We can, however, narrow down the window by being on the water at the times of year we THINK these hatches will happen and we can target or focus on hatches that are both prolific and drawn out.

One of those hatches (for me) has been all those insects lumped together as Baetis or the Small Blue Wing Olive. I'm fudging--on the nomenclature--because there are at least 40 species of mayfly that at one time or another have been called "Blue Wing Olives". Some are related while others--if you have bad eyesight and squint--kinda look similar ;-) and I am not ambitious enough to bother to identify each and every one I run into (Remember--this flyfishing stuff is supposed to be fun and relaxing...)

My ancient computer is acting up so I will continue this (posting before I lose everything)

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