Author: Trout's Staff
Our attempt at literary pieces to help our fellow anglers.
I’ve never been able to figure it out, but there is a major disparity in Colorado between the number of dry fly fisherman vs. nymph fisherman. If you visit a popular stretch of river on any given day, not matter if its winter, spring, summer or fall, I guarantee you will see a majority of fisherman dredging the bottom while staring intently at a strike indicator of various shapes, sizes, and forms. I’ll be the first to admit that I too have a bit of a nymph fishing addiction. More times than not I find my self unknowingly reaching for a nymph box instead of my dry flies. But why is this? What makes us want to dredge the bottom of a river instead of using the traditional fly fishing techniques that have defined our sport? In order to fully understand this impulse, we first must look at the many myths, misconceptions and falsehoods that exist regarding fishing dry flies.
The Cold Hard Facts:
Western Drakes, also known as Ephemerella grandis and Ephemerella dodsi, are typically one of the most anticipated hatches of the year. The Ephemerella family, which also includes Blue Wing Olives (BWO’s), Pale Morning Duns (PMD’s), Sulphurs, and Hendricksons, is known for prolific hatches that cause trout to feed in an uncommonly aggressive manor. Because of their larger size and gangly nature, the Drake family seems to stand out from the others, and holds a special place in a trout’s heart and diet.