No. 6 – Fishing Tips

21 July 2015 | Paul Procter

The Evening Rise:
As a youngster, much of what I read on fly fishing seemed to hinge on the evening rise. None the wiser, back then I imagined such an event to start around 6 pm and stretch well into darkness some hours later. However, in truth, it all depends on what flies are most prevalent at any given time.

Take Caddis Fly, for example. They’re hell bent on emerging en masse, sometimes within a window that lasts a mere twenty minutes. Of course, we know insects use this ploy as a survival strategy to overwhelm any would-be predators. Thankfully, though, not all those juicy morsels that trout care to call dinner are in a hurry. Due to their life cycle, Blue-Winged Olives (B-WO) give us, or more importantly the trout, two bites of the cherry. Firstly, when they emerge, and secondly, when ripe females return to egg lay. 

Obviously, when B-WO hatches and spinner falls peak, this activity includes an overlap period that sees both newly-emerged duns and egg-laying adults littering the water simultaneously. Granted the actual B-WO emergence is a bit of a sprint, but the egg-laying carnival is more of a marathon, which can last a couple of hours if you’re lucky. Even after the main event, spent females carpet the surface for an age. Blessed with such a bean-feast, the trout simply go into overdrive.

Where B-WO duns and spinners rub shoulders, doubt exists in our minds as to whether trout prefer the newly-emerged adults or egg-layers. Arguably, in the gathering gloom, fly colour takes a backseat when more emphasis should be placed on presenting your imitation without drag!  In fact, for years now, an orange-bodied parachute dressing has served me well, even when duns outnumbered spinners.

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Caddis might warrant a decent mouthful to trout, but, come evening time, their emergence can be over in the blink of an eye.

An orange-bodied parachute sporting a conspicuous yellow post rarely fails in the fading light.

Recognisable by their three-banded tails, B-WO duns are a welcome sight for those in search of decent evening sport.