No more easy fishing. Now, you need to work if you want to catch fish. The fish are all still in the river, but, they are noticeably more difficult to catch. In my opinion, we just turned the corner from “easy” to “challenging.” It happens every year. The leaf hatch is over, the spawn is
When water is a bit broken, I have good luck using dropper flies with some color. Sometimes, a fly incorporates a hot spot. Sometimes, it is a bit flashy. As I’ve written before, I have good results year-round with the Rainbow Warrior. Inventor Lance Egan ties them down to size 20, and so, I’ve made
One of my go-to flies this past year is Lance Egan’s Rainbow Warrior. For some reason, trout really love it. It’s bright, has an interesting thorax from a magical material, and has a red-thread body underneath some plastic material. And, it’s extremely rugged. As I’ve blogged before, Lance is on the national fly fishing team.
TL;DR: Syl’s Midge is a go-to wet fly when trout are active but picky. One of my favorites. I first read about this pattern in Dave Hughes’ book, Handbook of Hatches: A Basic Guide to the Food Trout Eat and the Most Effective Flies to Match Them. He rapturously writes about how incredibly effective it