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Green River Fishing Report - Geeking out with too much floatant during BWO hatch

Ryan Kelly is not only a gifted fly fishing guide, but apparently a closet writer. Love the stuff he has been cranking out lately. The Green is obviously providing all kinds of inspiration for him this spring.

Under bright blue skies,

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waiting for a trout to rise,

my fly sits high,

like a bug soon to die,

I see a flash,

there is a splash....

Whoa! I've used so much dry fly floatant this week that I think waxing poetic might become permanent. Actually, it has been in me for a long time as that was an excerpt from a poem I wrote in high school (not too hard to guess where my day dreams were taking me). I was reminded of youth by the adrenaline filled hooks sets, which were followed by child-like giggling by the guests in my boat. My teenage day dreams are currently reality as the famed BWO hatch continues abundantly each afternoon. These size 16 dark olive sailboats cruise the waters hoping their wings will dry before they are enveloped by the soft vortex of a rising trout. On sunny, windy days, the wings dry fast and off they go. On cloudy days, particularly when there is high humidity, their wings take longer to dry and thus taking more time to get off the water. This is why the hatch appears to be bigger during overcast skies. Of course, some never make it to the surface as they are snatched up by a trout creating a splashy rise. A dry fly/emerger tandem rig is a great solution for such an occasion.

I saw a post today from a local Dutch John business (BTW, Brett wrote a great article about DJ), Spinner Fall guide service, saying the river was red hot right now.

It reminded me of a "did you know?" Blue Winged Olives don't have a spinner fall. They return to the water, and instead of lying flat on the surface like most mayflies, they dive under the water and cling to rocks to lay their eggs. Between bugs and poetry I'm officially a geek. Come join this geek and others for some great mayfly mayhem.



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