I appreciate readers’ replies to my request on how to fish a Trico spinner fall. I didn’t have much luck last time out. So, I read the comments, did some online research, and tied all sorts of Trico patterns (one of them here). I awoke at 2.30 am to make sure I could hit the Farmington before dawn.
I went to the same spot last time where dozens of fish were rising to take Tricos, and I was left there in a cloud of frustration. And, wouldn’t you know: the patterns worked.
I had four takes in about eight casts, as the sky just began to brighten. I kept fishing. As dawn started, more and more fish were lining up in the runs and rising gracefully to sip bugs. I kept landing fish. As the sky brightened, I then could actually peer into the pool and see a countless number of fish hanging out. I could see when they followed my fly or ignored it. I could see every take, as a black shadow would saunter up to take my fly.
This kept going. In short order, I couldn’t believe that I had landed 14 brown trout on Trico flies during both the hatch and the spinner fall. Gradually, the action lessened. I kept fishing and got takes on the X-Caddis. As the sun hit high noon, the action stopped. The water was now at 69 °F. I had landed 21 browns. It was time to leave.
I’m a very lucky guy. Work has been pretty stressful, and so, it was great to get away and fish for a bit. Very blessed….