Author: Tucker Ladd
It’s Saturday morning, the beginning of your weekend and you roll out of bed to find that it’s overcast and rainy. What are you going to do? Stay in bed for a few more hours? Take in an afternoon matinee down at the local theater? Not if you’re me!
The first thing that comes to my mind is this: a rainy day is a great day to be out on our local waters experiencing one of nature’s most beautiful insect hatches, that of the blue winged olive. Oftentimes, when conditions are less then favorable for the fisherman, those same cloudy, cool conditions may be prime for an unbelievable day of fishing.
You may now be asking yourself what exactly is a blue winged olive? In short, it is a very small mayfly with slate grey wings and an olive or bluish body. Talk to a fly-fishing nerd and you may hear the BWO referred to by its common Latin name baetid - members of the family baetidae. I’ll spare you the details.