1 THE IMITATIVE AP­PROACH

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Focus On -

“My favourite is a Black Pen­nell on a drop­per and a Cove PTN on point.”

THE first in­sects to wel­come the spring are the chi­rono­mids ( buzzers) and even be­fore the f irst hatches be­gin, the pu­pae will be ac­tive in the deeper wa­ter. The trout know this and will be look­ing for the blood­worm and pu­pae. If you fish a leaded Apps’ Blood­worm, an Epoxy Buzzer or a bead­head pat­tern, they’ll sink quickly, and stay down. Use a long leader of say at least 12 feet, and al­most al­ways a dead slow re­trieve will work best. Add a drop­per about a me­tre or so from the point with an­other, maybe Su­per­glue Buzzer, and you have a su­per-ef­fec­tive combo to f ish the f lies at dif­fer­ing depths. As time moves on and each day warms you may start to see oc­ca­sional splashy rises. This tells you that some buzzers are start­ing to hatch but that the f ish them­selves are still quite deep and must rush up to the sur­face to grab the hatch­ing f ly, and hence the splashy rise. When the rise forms be­come qui­eter and even to the clas­sic ‘head-and-tail’ rise you can now de­duce that the fish are cruis­ing much higher in the wa­ter and need only tip up­wards a short way to take the hatch­ing f ly. Splashy rises tell you to swap heav y f lies to slower sink­ing ones and even­tu­ally to us­ing an emerger on the drop­per. Fi­nally, with f ish high in the wa­ter and hatches reach­ing their peak, f ish a Di­awl Bach or Cruncher on point and an emerger on drop­per, ideally of dif­fer­ent colours and sizes of­fer­ing op­tions for the f ish. If you like more ‘tra­di­tional’ f lies then my all-time favourite would be a Black Pen­nell on drop­per and a Cove Pheas­ant Tail Nymph on point (pic­tured above). These var­i­ous two-f ly com­bos will cover all your early-sea­son buzzer f ish­ing, but keep your eyes open to see what’s hap­pen­ing so you f ish at the right depths.

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