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1 CommentMonday, 26 April 2021 | Ann
The month of April plays into the dry fly enthusiast’s hands in April. Not only will there be the leftovers from Large dark olive hatches, but Olive uprights, Large brook duns and Iron blue duns will be on the menu too. The latter might be small, but IBDs often appear in huge numbers, making them an important hatch for trout. Often too, all the above flies will hatch side by side, giving us some of the finest dry fly sport of the season.
What to look for:
It’s also worth keeping your eye out for spider’s webs in hedgerows and gateways as here will be the remnants of recent hatches
What to use:
Where possible, a longer leader provides better presentation, so if the wind is feint and you’re not casting under trees, we recommend one of 15ft, made up of the following. A 9ft Profil leader of 5lb with a further 3ft length of 5.5lb of Wychwood silk mode then a tippet of Wychwood silk mode 3.4lb . If it’s breezy then both the 5.5lb and 3.4lb tippet can be reduced by 18inches-2ft each.
Flies for Upwing hatches
Olive Klinkhamer: https://www.theessentialfly.com/troutdryklinkhammerbluewingedolive.html
Shuttlecock Olive: https://www.theessentialfly.com/troutdryshuttlecockolivecdc.html
Why not tie your own?
Tying Tip: For a tapered body, rather than pile more dubbing on your thread, simply back track your thread along the hook shank until the desired taper is achieved.