A Few More Comments About Baetis part 2 Continued

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Posted by David Dempsey on 2013-05-02 13:54:53 in reply to Mastering the Hatch part 2 Continued posted by David Dempsey on 2013-05-01 14:42:51

Did I say something about SOME species of Baetis being fast water dwellers?

It is entirely possible that I may be misidentifying these insects but REALLY--if it quacks like a duck, looks like a duck and swims like a duck--can we argue about it later? :lol (Your reality check has perhaps been overdrawn)

The simple fact of the matter is that, regardless of the actual genus and species, many of the same patterns one uses for Baetis can be used for these faster water whatever they are's!

One important difference--or fun factoid, though, is for an angler to rethink what he or she thinks is "fishable" water when dealing with an insect that is coming off in faster water. I have seen fish move into the shallowest pockets that normally wouldn't hold fish to feed on the emerging insects--in some cases barely 12" deep. This is water that I normally wouldn't fish--unless I think some sort of emerging insect ( I see this a lot with some species of Caddis as well) has encouraged the fish to move up into these impossibly thin and exposed slots. Needless to say, your ability to read water and recognize these slots is important ;-)

Now what about the opposite scenario? One in which the water is littered with BWO's--it looks like it is snowing insects--and you haven't had a grab in hours? I highly suggest you get down on your knees (forget praying) AND LOOK A LITTLE MORE CLOSELY! It might be that the hatch changed--even though it looks like the bug is still a BWO.

All of us have probably seen this--the hatch changing with(for example) an early season Trico being followed by PMD's. Baetis, however are often followed by a smaller lookalike (and related) species known as the Tiny Blue Wing Olive (Psuedocloeon sp? in older taxonomies). The good news is that you can keep using the same patterns so to speak--but tie them one to two hook sizes smaller!

One last tip for those of you who are either interested or still reading: I mentioned greasing a nymph and fishing it in the film. Uh huh. Pretty much impossible to see a size 18 or 20 nymph 25 feet away--even if it is sorta kinda floating... Here, your casting comes into play. If you have a nice crisp turnover of your tippet, you will have a pretty good idea of where the fly landed. (Of course, a gust of wind can wreak havoc on this technique) Accordingly, I have gotten into the habit of setting the hook if there is a rise anywhere in the vicinity--a gentle tightening of the line rather than a full on hook set that would launch a small fish. Once I feel resistance of any kind, I then essentially complete my hook set.

Good luck--and enjoy the upcoming season.

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