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5 Proven Tactics to Help you Catch more Trout during the Hendrickson hatch this Spring.

Hendrickson Polish woven nymph

     Would you like to you catch more fish during the Hendrickson hatch this spring? There are quite a few ways to approach it, here are some good tactics to try. Some are easy and fast, while others require patience, and some exploration with new techniques, you choose which ones to employ.

     Before you, quite a few people have made up their minds to be more successful at catching fish on the Farmington during these early season hatches, when the fish can sometimes just not seem to respond to anything.  Through the successes and failures of those who went before you, there are many lessons that must be learned.  To make it less difficult for you to succeed, here are a few of the better tactics. The tactics with notably long lists of successful users before.

5 tactics quite likely to assist you in catching more trout during the Hendrickson and other early mayfly hatches this Spring.

1.      Fish with nymphs during the first week of the insects hatching. Choosing a nymph in the proper size and color is key. Turn a few rocks and look for some of the naturals before you choose the fly you will be fishing with. For best results you will need to change to some sort of a nymphing setup, there are quite a few out there I prefer my coiled sighters and a host of Euro methods including French/Spanish Nymphing. The other alternative that I like to use especially when its windy is Czech Nymphing with a football indicator or something similar.

Hendrickson Parachute Dun

2.      While fishing dry flies visit the river when the hatch is strongest from mid morning to afternoon. This gives the water a chance to warm and make insects more active( important with the extreme fluctuations in Springtime weather conditions) This will also put you on the river during the most concentrated part of the hatch, when the majority of the nymphs will be emerging and drifting over the trout.

3.      If you are going to fish dry flies, ever so slightly Twitch or Tickle your flies  to make them come to life and act a bit more like a crippled mayfly struggling to get free from the surface. This is an almost certain winner. It can cause viscious strike from trout merely striking out in predatory instinct.

4.      Try some Parachute patterns. These patterns work nice for a few reasons, the first being that they sit low in the water revealing a realistic impression of the natural insect on the water. The Parachute post sits high off the water improving your visual link with the fly, while creating a wing much like that of the natural. The hackle being wound around the bottom of the parachute post touches the water in the same manner that the legs of the real insect do.

Males have larger round tomato colored eys, females are larger with paler colors on their body.

5.      Inspect any naturals you can get you hands on closely. Whether your turning rocks over looking for the nymphs or snatching Hendricksons out of the air this is important in helping you greatly improve your insect identification skills as well as showing you key triggers on the mayflies that you can incorporate into your own patterns.

    There aren’t any guarantees, needless to say. However, in most cases, should you follow the tactics above and execute them well, your likelihood of achieving your objective, to really hook a few more trout this spring will  surely be considerably better than they might have been otherwise. Hope to see you out there soon!
JW

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