The first weekend of May brought the best weekend of trout fishing so far this year! It was good to see so many anglers out on the rivers and streams, and cars lining the Willowemoc, Beaverkill and East Branch Delaware up towards Margaretville. Fly hatches have been fairly steady in the afternoons, resulting in rising fish. Good numbers of flies were hatching during this past week and weekend, despite the rainy weather. Fly hatches included a nice variety, from Hendricksons to Blue Quills, Blue Winged Olives to Quill Gordons.
When trout are rising and flies are hatching, you’ll have the most success by trying to imitate the general size, shape and color of the flies that you see. Imitations do not have to be exact; rather try to imitate the general size, sharp and color of what you see. Mayflies have a large upright “sailboat”-type wing. Early-season mayflies are a darker color – in shades of slate blue/gray, typical of Hendricksons, Blue Quills and Quill Gordons. As temperatures warm and we head into summer, hatching flies will be lighter in color. But for now, include some size #12 and #14 Hendricksons, #14 and #16 Blue Quills and Quill Gordons in your flybox.