The tricos have been hatching well lately on New Jersey rivers and streams. The problem though, is that unless you managed to get on the water when the temps were cooler last week, you are out of luck. I went down to the South Branch early this morning, and where expected, I saw clouds of tricos dancing in the air above the riffles. Below, trout rose calmly to the falling spinners, gently sipping them in without a care in the world. It was as though the trout knew no one would be casting imitations of their food to them today. The water was 72 degrees, far too warm, even at that early hour to safely hook and land trout. I checked a few spots on the river, and all of them had the living clouds of dancing tricos in the air above the riffles with the noses of trout poking through the water surface below as they fed on the falling spinners.
Tim Flagler pulls it all together here as he shows us how to tie Eric Stroup's simple trico pattern, then ends with some great footage of a hatch and trout sipping the little buggers with abandon.
We may have to head out to PA to hit one of the limestone streams today. Even then, our expectations will be tempered, as the water temps there may be too high as well. If not, we'll fish and report back to you, otherwise we may have to partake in a local brew or two and call it a day.
On another note, some coward decided to post a comment after one of my entries the other day, using someone else's web name. Why anyone would do that is beyond me, except perhaps that they wanted to say something that they know they shouldn't say, and the only way they would do that is to hide behind someone elses identity.
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