03/20/12

Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    Blue-winged Ollives and Little BWOs
2.    Blue Quills
3.    Quill Gordons
4.    Little Black Caddis (
Brachycentrus)
5.    
Little Brown Stoneflies
6.    Hendricksons & Red Quills
7.    American March Browns
Most available/ Near hatching and/or other types of available food:
8.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)

Fly Fishing Strategy Series - What Fly To Use - Part 35

Is this week going to be the same story, second verse? Let's hope not. Although there's a little
similarity in this week's forecast and last week's forecast, the predicted 50% chance of rain is set
a day later in the week than it was last week. There's a 30% chance of rain on Friday increasing
to 50% for Saturday. The good part of the fishing conditions forecast is the streams are all
dropping down to good fishing levels. I think the odds of having high water are much lower than
last week, so I'm going to be very optimistic and predict excellent conditions for this weekend. The
weather is going to continue to be unseasonably warm with temperatures reaching the low
eighties in the valleys.

What's even more challenging to predict than the weather, are the hatches. So far, everything is
running on the average a full month ahead of what our hatch charts show. Of course, information
about all of our
hatch charts also state that they are based on normal weather conditions and
that they must be adjusted for major changes in the overall trend of the seasonal weather
patterns. If I adjust what the chart shows a full month ahead, it would look like this.
"The Little Brown stonefly hatch would be over, Little Black Caddis hatch would be finished,
Green Sedges and Short Horn Sedges would be hatching, Blue Quills and Quill Gordon hatches
would be over, the Hendricksons/Red Quills almost over, American March Browns in the middle of
their long hatch period, Giant Stoneflies, and the Slate Drakes and Light Cahills would be starting
to hatch."
The problem with this is, although the above isn't really the case at the present time, it's closer to
being right than not making any adjustments in the schedule. The only good part about the
hatches is that
although the time period for any insect is subject to change due to
changes in the weather, the order in which the insects hatch doesn't change.
 

I'm going to stick with the above insects for another week, but don't be surprised if you don't start
seeing some of the above hatches (outlined in coral) begin to occur in the lower elevations
before the week is over. It is going to continue to be very warm.

Recommended Strategies:
There's not really much change from the last two weeks. Basically, you should start out in the
mornings fishing a nymph and change to an emerger/pupa or a dun/adult dry fly pattern if and
when you see something hatching. Most hatches should start taking place around 2:00 to 3:00
PM and again, this will depend greatly on the elevation of the stream your fishing.

Later in the day, when the hatches subside, switch back to the morning pattern I suggest below.
From about 4:30 PM to near 7:00 PM, watch closely for mayfly egg laying and spinner falls.

Mornings until early afternoon:
From the mid elevations and up, there's still some odds of having Blue Quills, BWOs, and Quill
Gordon mayfly hatches taking place. Hendrickson/Red Quills are hatching. March Browns are
already showing up in the lower elevations.

If you know for a fact any of the above insects hatched within the previous day or two, at the
particular time you are fishing, fish the nymph or larva fly that imitates that particular species
during the morning and continue to do so until you see something hatching.

If you know that more than one of them hatched, choose an imitation of the nymph or larva in this
priority - Hendrickson/RQ, Blue Quill, Quill Gordon, BWO, March Brown, and fish it up until you
see something hatching. I'm basing that on the quantities of the insects available to the trout to
eat that most likely exist due to the previous day's activity.

During Hatches:
If you find Hendricksons/BQ, March Browns, or Quill Gordons hatching, fish an imitation of the
emerging dun, or the dun, in priority to any of the other mayflies. The hatches are easier to fish
than the Blue Quills or BWOs.

Late In The Day:
Late in the day, depending on which of the multiple hatches listed above you may happen to
have found, fish the spinner fall and/or egg laying activity as appropriate.

If the predicted rainfall amounts change substantially, I will update this later on this
week.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh