The lifecycle and top imitations to try
BELONGING to the Ephemeroptera family, olives is a generic term referring to – on rivers – the large dark olive ( Baetis rhodani ), medium olive ( Baetis vernus; Baetis tena x), blue winged olive and sherr y spinner ( Ephemerella ignita) and small dark olive ( Baetis scambus). For stillwaters, olives refer to lake olives ( Cloeon simile) found on large stillwaters and pond olives ( Cloeon dipterum) found obviously in ponds . They appear ver y similar to may f lies only much smaller.
Key points to copy
T y pically, olives have two large, upright wings that are either transparent or opaque. They have either two or three long tails, a segmented body and thorax plus some may have two small hind wings. Their lifecycle is t y pical for all members of the Ephemeroptera family in that there are four basic stages – the egg stage, nymph stage, dun (winged adult) and finally the spinner (spent fly after egg laying). Fish adult patterns as a single dry fly on a tapered leader and copolymer tippet. Otherwise use standard nymph set ups as you would fish a PTN.
“Olives appear very similar to mayflies, only much smaller.”