The Little-black Stoneflies and Little-brown Stoneflies have been hatching quite well. Look for the aggressive rises of trout along the margins of the stream as they chase the egg-laying females skittering on the surface to drop those eggs. So far, from all the reports I have heard, the fish aren't looking up and taking them, but you never know.
The early seaon Blue-winged Olives, Baetis tricaudatus, have also been hatching fairly well on some streams, and that can only get better as spring approaches.
Here's a Little-brown Stonefly catching some rays on a streamside stone.
Photo by John Collins
Get out and fish! And sharpen those hooks.
should I tie imitations on a size 18 hook for this hatch? I believe they are a little more brown than the later hatches...is this true??
sorry for the blue wings?
Yes, #18 and 20, with a slate gray wing and dark olive brown body. tie them thorax style and also be sure to have emergers to fish in the film. I'll post a photo later or tomorrow.
Yes, they are that nice slate gray-blue.
Was in the buffalo area this weekend. Saw a good hatch of little black stones along with the larger black stones. Some of the Lake Run browns were wacking them.
Scary yet entertaining.
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