No. 3 – Fishing Tips

8 June 2015 | Paul Procter

A Bumper Crop of Ephemerids:
Hats off to the River Fly Partnership for leading the march regarding invertebrates monitoring on our streams and rivers. Of course, a lot depends on like-minded individuals who generously give up their time to provide the all-important data, too. Apparently, southern regions seem to have been hit worse, in terms of our precious upwinged group. No doubt this is due to a greater number of folk being crammed into an already overpopulated land. It’s frightening to think of the impact caused on our natural resources here!

Further north, it seems our dainty ephemerids remain intact and, in some areas, seem to be positively thriving. Only last week I recorded and photographed no less than six different types of upwinged flies on the Cumbrian Eden. In order of dominance, these included: Medium Olives (photo 1), Iron Blue Duns (photo 2), Olive Uprights (photo 3), Mayflies (photo 4), Large Brook Duns (photo 5), and Turkey Browns (photo 6). Turkey Brown seldom occur in huge numbers, and whilst you can hardly call their presence a “hatch,” it’s always pleasing to see this brindle-winged fly.

Appearing en masse, Medium Olives, Iron Blues, and Olive Uprights, on the other hand, created quite a stir. Occasionally, trout may single out one particular species. In my neck of the woods, they often show a preference for Iron Blues, so it pays, then, to carry an appropriate imitation at all times. Thankfully for me, on this occasion, the fish went bonkers, mopping up everything in their path. Blessed with such  a scenario, a generic pattern like the Adams parachute is as good as any, though I’m currently a fan of the CdC shuttlecock-style emergers. A size-14 olive version did me proud.

Experiencing such a flush of flies is always uplifting, yet we must remember it’s far from “roses round the door.”  In many regions, this display of flies would be viewed as an exception rather than a rule, so we therefore need to remain vigilant and support those organisations who work tirelessly on our behalf.

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