We are building off the baetis theme from last week, but this week's Friday Flies focuses on emergers and dry flies. Pay close attention to fish near the surface. If you see mouths/noses breaking the surface, dries are a safe bet. If you cannot locate the trout's mouth during frequent "rises", they are likely keyed in on bugs just below the surface. In that case, drop an emerger below your dry fly. On to the flies..
PARACHUTE EXTENDED BODY BWO SIZE 18-22
This Blue Wing Olive pattern utilizes an abdomen that bends up which in turn keeps the tail out of the water like the real bug. Often times, flies this small can be very difficult to see. The hackle parachute solves this problem and makes this fly highly visible to the common eye.
COMPARADUN BWO SIZE 18-22
Comparaduns are one of the most popular dry fly patterns that mimic a low-riding mayfly. The 180-degree wing keeps the fly riding low in the water. Great for picky fish eating small bugs.
TUNGSTEN SOFT HACKLE BWO SIZE 18-22
The Tungsten Soft Hackle BWO is a Blue Wing Olive emerger imitation. The hackle material creates excellent movement and appearance that triggers fish on the regular. The tungsten bead gives this fly a faster sink rate. Great for when fish are suspended in a feeding lane a bit lower from the surface.
BLACK BEAUTY EMERGER SIZE 20-26
The black beauty can effectively match a third of midge species. Makes sense
that the emerger is an effective fly to target suspended/feeding fish this
time of year.
SMITH TIDBIT MIDGE SIZE 22-24
When the bugs are too small to figure out, fish this.