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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-05-2015, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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Raining Isonychia and Baetis

I had a chance to hit a local stream the other day when it was cool, overcast, and drizzling. Started out in the Catch-and-Release section right at first light with 2 quick hook ups on a sz 14 Adams Dry.



The second one really had the feed bag on!



Then things slowed down, way down. I dredged the bottom of the pool for 1.5 hours with nymphs and NOTHING...so I headed downstream to the open water to try out a few new spinners I made over the winter. I picked up 8 real quick through some faster water...and that's when I came face-to-face with the most epic BWO hatch I've ever seen. I'm not sure how fast one can walk with waders on, but that's how fast I went back to get the fly rod.

Back on the stream the action was pretty fast for the next 6 hours with a plethora of BWO, Slate Drakes, and hungry, albeit picky, fish. I managed another 18 on dries, combinations of BWO's, Slate Drakes, Parahoppers, and any other big fly that I thought might look like a Slate Drake since patterns apparently stink...or so the larger trout thought. Aside from a few 10-15 minute stretches, fish were rising constantly until I had to leave...which was very difficult to do, but I left one of my fly rods at home and I was afraid if I was late my wife would put it in the garbage. Here's a few pictures to enjoy:

This is how most of the picture taking went:



















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Re: Raining Isonychia and Baetis

What size were the BWOs? Drunellas are hatching now and they are size 14-16. They also have 3 tails as opposed to Baetis which have only 2 tails in the adult. I, too, have been having a good time fishing Slate Drakes and BWOs.
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Re: Raining Isonychia and Baetis

Nice looking browns, they look like they have been feeding well by the size of their bodies.

It's been a while since I have hit a major fly hatch like you experienced.

Was this on a freestone or limestone stream?

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What size were the BWOs? Drunellas are hatching now and they are size 14-16. They also have 3 tails as opposed to Baetis which have only 2 tails in the adult. I, too, have been having a good time fishing Slate Drakes and BWOs.
They were in the size 14 range...they certainly looked like BWO's to me, but I can't say I gave them a real close look...it was to take my eyes off the rising fish!!

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Re: Raining Isonychia and Baetis

In that case it was raining Isonychias and Drunellas (another BWO).
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