Driftless Patterns for the BWO Hatch

We like to keep our posts short and sweet, so here we go-

The first highly productive and most basic fly for pre- BWO Hatch is the Pheasant-tail (#16-18), with or without a beadhead. Its one of our many “go-to” bugs for spring time.

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Once the hatch starts and you start to see a few bugs on the surface, (but there still isn’t any noticeable fish rising) throw on a Shop-Vac. Its a great emerger pattern and depending on water clarity. We use them with or without a beadhead, in sizes #16-18 .

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When the fish are sipping cripples or emergers, a BWO Klinkhammer usually does the trick. A great fly for Spring and Fall Baetis.

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Finally for the adult bugs, I typically use one of these two patterns. The first fly is a very basic and easy to tie pattern called a “Hi-Vis Mayfly” created by John Barr. The colors of this fly are very easy to change and I tie them in olive, grey, and blue dun.

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The second BWO adult pattern (besides a parachute dun) is one that I think most skip right over. Its called a Hackle Stacker- (because of unique the tying process) this fly has a pretty low profile and is perfect for the the ultra-selective trout that we run into from time to time.

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The last (but not least) is the Rusty Spinner for those spent mayfly adults. This pattern, used at the end of the hatch, is key (#16-18).

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By adding a few of these flies to your arsenal, it assures that you wont miss a stage in the Blue Winged Olive (BWO) Hatch this Spring. Get outside and enjoy the warm weather!

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