We are now in the middle of summer, which brings selective fish and the longest mayfly hatch of the year – the TRICOS! Tricos have a lot to offer. Early morning outings, clouds of bugs, small flies and technical fishing… I love it!
At the start of their hatch cycle, duns will come off very early in the morning and fall 2-3 hours later. The spinner fall is usually complete by 9:30-10:30am, but can be as late as noon as we get further into summer.
This is a picture of a female trico. Females hatch after the males in the early morning and fall a couple hours later. Photo by Lucas Carroll.
Tricos are very small. Usually size 20-24, but as small as size 26. If you have trouble with small flies, try throwing a terrestrial like an ant or beetle. You may also want to consider preparing your gear the night before. Tie a couple flies on light tippet (make sure you have male and female duns/spinners) coil them, put them in a plastic baggie and make a go of it in the morning.
This is a great time to fine-tune your cast so work in some reach, mend and stack casts (plenty of videos on YouTube for this). Use long leaders (9′-12′) and 6x-7x tippet.
The craziness is over in a few hours and you have the rest of the day to yourself. Enjoy!
Wide Sky is booking trico trips today. If you are interested, please give us a visit at wideskyflyfishing.com or call 585-314-5089.