Written by:Nick Chiasson, Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort
It’s Trico time once more on the Bighorn River, and evidently annually, the hatch will get longer and longer. Tricos are an extremely enjoyable dry flies to fish, particularly on rivers just like the Bighorn that boast a big trout inhabitants. When trout are feeding on Trico spinners or duns, a complete run might be effervescent with rising fish, which is one thing to behold.
Tricos hatch in rivers from coast to coast, with water temperature, water high quality, and local weather taking part in an enormous position within the numbers that hatch in a particular river. These tiny mayflies–which vary in measurement from 18 to 26–hatch in a number of colours, however the most typical are black, brown, pale cream, and darkish inexperienced. The male Tricos normally hatch all through the darkish hours of the evening, whereas the females will hatch earlier within the morning. They’re very temperature delicate, so on scorching days it’s crucial to get to a very good dry-fly spot as early as 6:00 a.m. to fish the spinner fall. Nevertheless, on cooler mornings the spinnerfall would possibly final till midday. These cool days are the perfect, as you possibly can fish the dun hatch and look forward to the spinnerfall all in the identical spot.
Tricos float down the river in large numbers, and the trout merely can’t resist such a straightforward meal. The fish stack up in locations the Tricos gather–equivalent to in seam traces and eddies–they usually gorge themselves. Trout are so fixated on consuming Tricos that oftentimes it’s nearly unattainable to spook them with line or by pulling a fish out of the feasting pod of trout. We name it the Trico Trance.
Be on the water early within the morning to get to a very good wade fishing spot.
Attempt to not float over the spot you need to fish, and wade in downstream of that spot.
A two-fly rig works greatest. Use a 5X or lighter tippet to the primary indicator fly (one thing huge you possibly can see) and 5X for the Trico Spinner dropper.The indicator fly lets you see the trout consuming the tiny Trico sample.Typically, the trout will eat the indicator fly. A Royal Wulff or huge Black Caddis is an efficient possibility.
Anticipate the fish to start out surfacing for Tricos in giant numbers.Don’t get excited in regards to the one fish that begins consuming early as a result of you’ll discourage the remainder of the trout from consuming in that spot by continually casting a line over them.You need the trout to get into the Trico trance earlier than you begin pounding the water with the fly line .
Line up instantly behind the trout and goal the fish on the decrease finish of the pod first. Decide them off one after the other as you progress up by the pod.The trout will transfer up and down within the gap as they eat Tricos, so strive to not get to excited if it looks like they’re transferring away from you.
Set the hook calmly! Do not forget that the tippet is small and delicate, so strive to not gorilla hook set. All you want is an easy quick elevate of the rod.
Prime four Trico Patterns for the Bighorn
1. Indicator Parachute Trico
2. Trico Spinner
three. Krystal Spinner
four. Woven Trico Spinner
Nick Chiasson is a information at Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort, in Fort Smith, Montana.