Fly Fishing the Mayfly Lifecycle

Guest Blogger: Richard Fieldhouse

Trout fishing season is upon us which means you’ll be planning all those days where you can get out and enjoy the great outdoors, relax and unwind whilst you carry out a spot of fly fishing with your friends or family. Ensuring you have the right fly fishing gear and carrying out the right preparation will help to ensure that your fishing trip is organised, enjoyable, and hopefully a success.

Ever wondered why Mayflies are considered as one of the most valuable species in the world of fly fishing? The Ephemera danica, commonly known as the Mayfly, are one of the most eagerly anticipated up-winged flies a fly angler encounters on the river. Being one of the most important foods for trout due to their nutritional factor, Mayflies play a very important role during the trout fishing season.

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Pseudo Hatch Matching

Guest Blogger: Clay Cunningham, Cody WY, former National Park Superintendent
If you fish often for trout on a variety of rivers and streams, and you wanted to match every mayfly hatch that might come off in a summer; you would need many different flies in several sizes. You would also have to be knowledgeable of the many different species you might encounter at different times of the day in order to accurately match the hatch.
Here is a way to be equipped that reasonably matches many of the mayfly hatches of the season with a realistic number of flies. This method is less expensive and easier to accomplish for those that tie their own flies. But, judicious selective buyers can also be prepared as well.
The system requires six different color choices and three different hook sizes. I use Mustad hooks because they are less expensive, they work and odds are you might lose them to obstacles or large fish before they can be declared no longer useful. However, when any of those flies get chewed up by many fish being caught, don’t throw them away because for some unknown reason chewed up flies often leads to more strikes by trout. Each one of these patterns should be tied on a size 12, 14 and an 18, dry fly hook such as Mustad’s R50NP-BR hook. Size is important too, which is why you need these three sizes. Similar dry fly hooks from any other manufacturer work just as well.

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