In the Black Hills, some of our best dry fly fishing can be from late August to early October. Pale Morning Duns hatch reliably through most of September, and the Baetis hatch can be good all the way through October. Trout seem to have a sweet-tooth for these two varieties of mayflies, and fly anglers […]
Tricos are the most prolific mayfly hatches of the summer. In the Black Hills the most reliable hatches of Tricos are found on Rapid Creek. Typically the hatches are thickest nearer Rapid City, however occaisionally there are fishable hatches above Pactola in the Silver City area. We also see hatches of tricos on Spring Creek, […]
This video features an extended body technique I came up with several years ago. It has worked quite well to imitate Baetis mayflies and PMDs. Change the color of the tubing for the species of mayfly you are imitating. It can also be used for a caddis or stonefly body.
I can’t recall where I first came across this simple pattern, but it has been very effective for selective fish feeding on midge pupa in the surface film. I grease the cdc wing and the fly hangs in the film. It is perfect for the start of a midge hatch when the rise forms are barely visible- just small dimples on the water’s surface. In my neck of the woods I fish it in sizes 18-22