No. 6 – Fishing Tips
21 July 2015 | Paul Procter
The Evening Rise:
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.