I only made it out once this week, but it was an amazing outing. The fishing was outstanding. I guess the tip I can pass along here is that if you look out your window and it looks a little damp and cool, leave work ASAP and head to the river. Those little bugs we refer to as Blue Wing Olives seem to love these conditions, and thus so do the trout. And no, I won't be held responsible for whatever consequences your receive from skipping out on your job.
Last year I wrote up a little piece that I posted on my "Getting Out" blog but don't think I ever posted it here about the joys of spring, and BWO's. Hey at least I didn't steal it from someone else right? So week 2 and I am already taking the easy way out, but it is timely.
The Joys of Spring, BWO's, and....Popcorn?
I will admit in the past Spring has never been my favorite season. I know the ideal image of spring brings to mind thoughts of fresh sprouting green grass, soft gentle rains, budding willows, and freshly bloomed daffodils, but it seems that the reality is often closer to dull gray skies, harsh winds, and sticky brown mud...everywhere. Okay that may have been the pessimist in me coming out. But in the past I have always felt that Spring was a bit overrated as a season, and just a necessary transition that must be endured until summer finally arrived. As a fly fisherman though I have garnered a whole new found respect for that formerly overrated season, thanks to one tiny bug. The Blue Wing Olive.
|A freshly hatched BWO rides along the calm surface.
As I stood in the midst of a frenetic river last week watching one of the most amazing hatches of Blue Wing Olives come off, it reminded me of watching popcorn, except, unless you really like popcorn, a bit more exhilarating. There is the quiet calm where the kernels sit quietly in the slowly heating oil. It can be hard to tell when this stage starts as all the action is underwater, hidden from the anglers eye. It may look like the water is quiet, but underneath the surface things are starting to happen.
|A nice fish that came early in the hatch on an early stage emerger pattern.
|This fish fell for a more standard upright wing pattern mimicking the BWO Dun
|One of those fish spotted after the hatch sipping cripples that collected along a shallow grassy bank.
I am not an entomologist by any means. I just know I love to watch a good hatch develop and reap the rewards that come along with it. There are plenty of frustrating moments in this process for myself. But it is what keeps me coming back. If things were always easy, then what would be the point? These BWO hatches have given me some great study material this spring. I have learned, and I have gone back to the drawing board. Many times, but it's all part of the process.