Tuesday, July 27, 2010


This is my favorite time of year for fly fishing and photography... and that is the reason why I haven't posted in so long!  Tricos are the real deal I like to think of them as the world series of dry fly hatch matching.  If you can catch a weary brown during a Trico, hatch or spinner fall, you are doing something right!  

Female Dun
Males generally hatch first sometime between sunset and sunrise and they are of no use to an angler.  Females, however, hatch closer to the spinner fall in the early morning hours, so if you get up early you'll can have a crack at catching trout on an upright wing fly.  Females have olive to bright green bodies, with grey/brown/black thorax.   They are a short and stocky mayfly.

Female Dun

 Male spinners will start to fall first, and sometimes they will be falling while the females are still hatching.  This transitional period can be really frustrating to fish, with some trout selecting the duns and others feeding on spinners.  On my stream a #24 BWO spinner also falls around the same time making the fly selection that much harder.  Watch a trout rise and see if you can tell what it's taking before tying on your fly.  

Female Dun and Male Spinner.

During the major spinner fall casting and presentation trumps every other factor.  Fish often feed in a quick rhythm gorging on many bugs at once.  If you are not hooking up, try focusing on making an accurate and perfectly timed cast instead of tying on a new fly.  

Male Spinner.

When all else fails go for a fly that will stand out from the masses of Tricos.  My last Trico spinner fall was the most frustrating of all, so I clipped off my tiny mayfly and tied on #14 cinnamon ant... the fish loved it!   


Andy Baird said...

Hi Luke,

Great shots of trico's really appreciate seeing the natural - always informs tying.

Real nice.


Midgeman said...

Super shots as always! Tricos are so damn sexy!

Midgeman said...

Just as a secondary thought Luke, have you ever fished a pair of black or bi-colored RS2s, about a 26, during Trico time? Sometimes the fish just go nuts for them if fished on a greased leader and just under the film. They stand out a bit from the hordes of spinners. On the otherhand, going to the wet ant was a good thought!

bfly said...

Really nice article. And the photography is awesome to boot! I especially like the photo of the female and male trico together...wow!

Luke C Photo said...

Andy I appreciate the kind words!

Midgeman thanks for the visit and the tip... I'm always up for new ideas for the tricos. I'll try it out and let you know!

Thanks Brian!

Morne said...

Good post and great pictures. I just started playing around with my camera and Makro photos, but still have a long way to go.