Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The warm and dry weather that we are having right now, has brought the creeks down to a normal flow. We are now going into prime bug time, all of the major hatch's are now coming off or about to. For our local streams, look for Sulpurs, much Browns, Gray Foxes, and of course a mix of Caddis. For the dry fly trout fishermen, this is the time to be on the water. Because of the recent warm weather expect to see most of the hatch activity starting late afternoon and going into dark. This means we could see both a hatch and a spinner return with in a three to four hour time spent.

Note ; I have added an article that I wrote a while back about fishing spinner return. Hopefully you may find something helpful in this article.

Dealing with spinner fall
With our hectic daily lives, it is often hard to get away for a day of trout fishing. However there is one small saving grace. That is, most of us live within a reasonable driving distance of some sort of trout stream. Getting away for a day’s fishing may be out of the question, but a few hours in the evening can be possible. Understanding feeding cycles and the hatches that trout feed on can potentially maximize our precious fishing time. This is where spinner falls become important to us as fishermen.
Fishing spinner falls can provide the fishermen with some of the best fishing of the day. You can spend all day fishing your favorite trout stream and then in the evening when the May flies return as spinners, you can have more fishing action than you saw all day. For many fishermen going out in the evenings and catching the spinner fall is how they go about their trout fishing.
The spinner fall happens shortly after the May flies mating flight. The timing of this event happens at dusk, generally the last hour to half an hour of the day. The fact is the event does not last long - often the whole event will happen within the time span of an hour. The hotter the air temperatures, the later in the evening a spinner event will happen and the faster the spinner fall will happen. During cooler evenings, just the opposite will happen as spinners will often return earlier in the evening and the whole event may drag on for over two hours. Once the mayfly hatches start, so will the spinner falls. As long as the conditions are suitable for a spinner fall, the spinner fall will happened. Spinner falls are very predictable. As long as the air temperature is above 60° and wind conditions are calm, and it is not raining you can count on a spinner fall. Even though spinner falls do not last long, they are almost a daily event. When the conditions are not feasible for a spinner fall on a particular evening, the following evening the spinner fall will normally be heavier.
The best part about fishing evening spinner falls is that they can correspond with an evening mayfly hatch. You may end up with about two to three hours fish activity, depending on the type of hatch and weather conditions. By late spring, this time span of activity can often be the best fishing of the whole day. By late spring most streams in our area have their heaviest hatches. Spend the day doing other things, go fishing for the evening, and end up fishing the most productive part of day.
Setting up to fish a spinner fall does not require anything special. Your favorite trout rod with a floating fly line of whatever design is perfect. As long as you are comfortable fishing with it, it will work just fine. Standard length tapered leaders of 7 to 9 feet with 5 to 6 X tippits are also standard. Basically nothing new here, just use your favorite trout fishing set up.
Fishing a spinner fall has its own challenges. The biggest challenge is seeing the fly and picking out your fly is not an easy matter. Fading light and flies that lay flush in the surface film of the water certainly make it tough In addition, some evenings the water surface can be covered with naturals. The technique that I use to deal with these is to use an indicator fly. I usually select a fly that first is easy to see and second the fly has a chance of catching a fish. My favorite fly for the job is a size 12 white wolf. Despitethe size of this fly it has a proven record of being a fish catcher. Plus, the white color of the fly and large wings make it very easy to see well into the dark.
Setting up this tandem of flies is fairly straight forward. Tie first fly on with 5 X tippit to the leader. Then from the bend of the hook of the White wolf, tie about 12 inches of 6X tippit. From this 12 inches of 6 X tippit tie in on your second fly, the spinner. Fishing this set up is just as straight forward. I do not worry about the second fly (the spinner) landing in the exact spot I want. I just concentrate on fishing the white wolf as if it was the only fly I had tied on. The second fly on just 12 inches of tippit will land close enough to be productive. When I see a fish rise near my indicator fly the white wolf, or the indicator fly disappears, set the hook.
Fishing with two flies can and does more than double your tangles. When this happens do not spend a lot of time trying to straighten everything out. Instead it is best to cut off the pair of flies and retie a new set on. To speed the up process, set up a white wolf with a spinner dropper ahead of time. This way all you have to do is pull a fresh set out-of-the-box and tie them directly to the leader. Spinner falls do not last long and anything you can do to speed up the process and fish more efficiently, is wise. As I often will say, you can't catch fish when you’re tying on flies. Another little trick that I use that helps prevent tangles is to avoid using a net unless I have a very large trout on. It is amazing how the second hook always gets hooked into the net bag. As the evening goes on I will eventually cut off the smaller fly (the spinner) and continue to fish with the white wolf. When fishing in the dark it is more important to present the fly properly then fish the correct fly. Trout will often become less choosy in the dark.
Fishing evening spinner falls, is not complicated, or technical fishing. It is however a basic trout fishing skill that is easy to learn, an important skill for every trout fishermen. Also with tight schedules and lamented fishing time, these evening spinner falls provide excellent fishing opportunities.

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