TIP OF THE WEEK - IDENTIFY WHICH DRY FLY FISH ARE EATING/TIMING
PRO TIP: IDENTIFY WHICH DRY FLY FISH ARE EATING/TIMING
WHAT FLY ARE THEY EATING?!
It can be more than maddening to watch countless trout eat flies on top of the river’s surface and not know what to use and not get any of the countless trout to eat your flies! Let’s help you out!
TIP OF THE WEEK:
IDENTIFY WHICH DRY FLY THE TROUT ARE EATING & TIMING THE EATS.
Many times you will be out in a river and see an assortment of bugs flying around. If you’re lucky, and the conditions are right, trout will be eating some of those flies on top! Trout eat different bugs different ways. The key is to know how a trout eats each fly.
If it’s a splashy eat and the trout is coming out of the water to eat, then it is eating either a bug that skitters(think Crane Fly or Caddis) or it’s a big fly. On the contrary, if the trout are just sipping and you are only seeing their heads coming out, then you can be sure they are eating smaller mayflies. These fish tend to pod up and sit on a run. So… watch the eat 😉
The secondary tip is to pick one trout out of a pod of mayfly eaters and distinguish the timing of it’s eats. It might be every 15 seconds. It might be on the minute. If you time the eat and lead the fish accordingly, you will improve your hook-ups. We teach these tips and many more in our University of Fly Fishing.
Take inventory of how a fish eats and the timing of the fish eating to catch more fish on dry flies. If it's a splashy eat, try a caddis or bug that skitters and skates. If it's a subtle eat and just sipping, try a small mayfly.
UPCOMING COURSES TO HIGHLIGHT
Our whole course catalog is available in the Fall. Just one more month of Tributary fishing, so make the most of it. Trout Spey is just getting better and better. We have had a ton of fun with our Personal Watercraft Fishalongs getting after the Yakima and other tributaries.
- October 7th - Fly Fishing 101/201
- October 8th - Fly Fishing 301
- October 9th - Trout Spey Intro & Fishalong
- October 10th - Euronymphing Intro and Fishalong
- October 11th - Trout Spey Intro & Fishalong
- October 14th - Yakima River Fishalong
- October 15th - Fly Fishing 301