Good day all. I anticipate my trusty black leech slowly trolled from my tube will be the first fly of the year. I would really like to learn how to fish chronomids as I have tried but to no avail. Any help in this regard would be greatly appreciated.
I would pick up a copy of Gordon Honeys "Flyfishing Small Lakes" and study the chapter on chironomids.The location and depth is the only tricky part to fishing this hatch,I always use a ducan loop and spend the time searching and anchoring properly.
First fly of the year? Weighted alevin or egg 'n' eye. . . depends on a hunch on the bank! While this might not sound like a stillwater pattern, it will be fished a the mouth of a creek in a big lake down the street, WAY too early, but in an attempt to satiate a craving. After freezing my ass off for an afternoon, I'll put the rod away for 2 months, then tie on a Size 8 maroon and olive mottled aftershaft leech with gold cone head at Brown Lk on my rod, olive baggie shrimp on my son's as we troll to the **** end and throw a chromie on in place of my leech. Likely, my son's baggie will get first fish.
Can't wait. . . that alevin is calling.
I'm thinking this year I'll start off with a muddler minnow. Last spring I caught a rather plump cutthroat at Buntzen lake it was so full of sticklebacks I was surprised the fish didn't blow up. Other than that a good old olive leech seems to work also.