With small Blue Winged Olives starting to hatch, I’ve been tying small parachute dries down to a size 24. Last time out on the Farmington, after the Trico spinner fall ended, it was the only fly that took fish for me. There are many ways to tie a small parachute fly. You can use CDC
As I’ve written before, I’m a huge fan of Ed Engle. He is the king of fishing small flies. He regularly fishes, and used to guide at, highly-pressured Colorado tailwaters. Why does he fish small flies? “Because that’s what trout want,” he says. I took Ed’s seminar at last year’s Fly Fishing Show and have
I yesterday fished the Farmington. It was strange. The usual spots weren’t that productive, and the usual Euro-nymphing flies didn’t deliver. The fish most definitely were there. Some even rose just 10 feet from me. There were a ton of bugs and the trout were rising all day. The river was crammed with hatches.
During our fishing trip to Pittsburg, NH, this past weekend, we often would see a glorious sight in the mornings: rising fish. I stomach-pumped a few of them, and they consistently were full of caddis pupae. A dark brown casing and chartreuse underneath. I also saw some of the adult bugs. They were about a