Description: Sulphur mayfly hatch is coming back at Livingston's spring creek. Past several years, I've been observing them. Then during summer of 2015, I observed trout were actively keying on these colorful mayflies and I fished for "rises". They conveniently (for creek anglers!) hatch after PMD hatch (mid-morning to early-afternoon) and before evening activities (PMD spinner fall, caddis hatch, etc)!! It's fair to say they typically start hatching at around 4PM to 5PM (of course, depending on the day). Hatch and rise may last over one hour. That is why it's "conveniently" fill the gap between early and dark fishing!!
Following patterns have been proven to work.
Parachute: This is very visible, floats well, and then catches trout........a super good starter fly!
CDC Sparkle Dun: My most selling spring creek pattern in sulphur color. Available in curved hook also.
Compara Dun: A good old, still good standard
Hackle Stacker: A low-riding emerger pattern. Available in curved hook also.
Foam Post Emerger: A low-riding yet very visible and well-floating pattern due to foam post. Available in curved hook also.
However there are times, we just can't fool trout with our dry-flies in spite of repetitive rises. That is why this hatch was once referred as "fisherman's curse".
Why the curse? Nymphs of sulphur make lots of motions as they ascend the water column to hatch. When hatch is heavy in good numbers, trout key on those actively ascending nymphs right in the film or slightly below the surface film. So, although rise rings would make anglers think of duns and emergers, that could be the first step of "being cursed"!
Following patterns are remedies to lift curses from you!
Master Angler Flymph: This is an "in-the-film" pattern. Treat with your choice of dry-fly powder.
Master Angler Soft-hackle: This is an "in-the-film" pattern. Treat with your choice of dry-fly powder.
Winged Victory Nymph: This is an "in-the-film" and "slightly below" pattern. Grease your tippet but not the fly. Also add some twitches/shakes during the drift besides dead-drifting.
PRICE: $2.25 each
SIZES: 18 & 20
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