Classic Spring Dry Fly Fishing

Snowing hard. Huge flakes like snowballs. It’s 33 degrees. The flakes are falling straight down. Good news, no wind! We sit in the truck a few minutes, just to see which way things might go. There’s a hint of blue above the clouds. Perfect dry fly day on the Stillwater.

Baetis are back with the cold, wet weather. Look for the hatch about 1:30. We got lucky last Wednesday. The Baetis hatch turned into a March Brown hatch. Wound up the evening with a Caddis hatch. Fish were rising for a good four hours. We did get rained on and snowed on. That was the best part!

Try a #16 BWO parachute, #14 brown parachute (a trailing shuck on it will kill) and a #14 elk hair caddis, black body and light wing. A Hare’s Ear with a soft hackle and the Prince Nymph are winners subsurface.

Nice fish on a cold spring day, George!

Christina’s first trout. On a #16 BWO, no less. Born to fish the dry.


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