Quick Tip: Match the Hatch
As we fished one of our favorite rivers recently we knew because of the time of year there may be certain bugs hatching. We didn’t know for sure so as we arrived to the river we observed to see if we noticed anything flying around. We didn’t so we did the next best thing. We turned over rocks to see what was going on.
The first rock we turned over we noticed a lot of small mayfly nymphs. We also noticed a few cased caddis stuck to the rock. This gave us a good idea of what was being washed down river for the fish. We turned over a second rock. We found what we had expected to see this time of year. Green drake nymphs. This was a good sign that this river was about to turn on. Also, you can for the most part get an idea when the bugs are going to hatch. If they are a darker color with a swollen thorax it means that the bug is about to break through the case and hatch. The bug we saw wasn’t super dark so we figured it’ll be a little while longer before we see adults flying around. This gave us a good idea on what nymphs to use.
The third rock we turned over had a stonefly nymph. This was a larger bug and got us excited to throw bigger imitations to the fish. We now had a few options on what to use. It’s always a good idea to throw different bugs if you’re with friends. This way you can figure out what the fish are keying in on a lot faster.
We hope this helped you maximize your time on the water. Good luck out there!!!