|Leopard spotted brown.|
It turned out to be a very good day. Saddly, I was a week late for the Blue Winged Olive hatch, though a few olives did come off during the day. Even so, the fish were still keyed in on BWO nymphs, and I caught as many fish as I care to in a day. I know because I lost count. If I had to guess I landed 15 and hooked about twice that many. None of the fish I landed was under 15" and none were over 20". All of them took my Black Back Wet Dream.
|BBWD tied on a size 20 Dai-Riki #135 hook - black flashback.|
Black Back Wet Dream (BBWD)
Hook: size 18-22 scud/pupa hook
Body: olive or brown olive thread
Tail: a few fibers from a Wood Duck flank feather
Thorax: tan/brown dubbing
Wing Case: Black Holo-Tinsel
In the pictured fly I used 70 denier brown olive Ultra thread, the thorax is SLF Spikey Dubbing in natural fox color and the wing case is black Holo Tinsel. It is a synthesis of Mark Engler's original WD (wet dream) pattern with a flashier version of Randy Smith's Tyvek Baetis. Engler's pattern was renamed the WD-40 by Umpqua when they commercialised it - so as not to offend delicate sensibilities. I do not share their compuction. Many folks assume the WD stands for "wood duck". Good marketing at work I guess. Smith's pattern uses a wing case tied from Tyvek that has been colored black. Mine uses black holo-tinsel. Feel free to tie as many as you like, it's proving to be an amazingly effective pattern, but also, consider this post a copyright on the pattern should you want to commercialize it.
|An eighteen incher.|
I met a man on the trial who I took to be from Oregon since he talked about fishing to spawning rainbows on the Williamson River. These are fish that run up out of Klamath Lake. He seemed somewhat disappointed with the Green in comparison. He said he'd done well the day before but he complained that he'd had to fish size 20 flies. When I first met him he was fishing a cicada and when I saw him later had a streamer tied on. By that time he'd had one hook-up. Somewhat hopefully, he told me how he'd met someone the day before who frequently fishes the Green and who prefers to tie on an Adams or a Royal Coachman. A size 20 Adams would actually be a decent imitation of a BWO and there is a kind of local beetle with red/orange colouring. So who knows, maybe an Adams or a Royal Coachman would be just the ticket. I expressed my doubts which prompted him to walk on.
|Looking down into Little Hole on my way out at about five-thirty.|