That's most interesting. On rivers the fish don't patrol about in the way described in the article, which concentrates on stillwater tactics. They hang in the water at the height of the Caenis event and eat clumps of Caenis in a manner that is reminiscent of whales engulfing herring en masse. I use Richard Walker's idea of a fly to hint at multiple flies but simplified to suit my limited fly tying skills...They usually appear around the beginning of June, which is about spot on now.
The caenis hatch is the highlight of the year for my mate Joe Stitt, he targets them specifically and is hugely successful at catching fish when the insect appears. It's amusing to see anglers packing up in disgust when the hatch starts and Joe just beginning to tackle up with a big grin on his face
We persuaded him to write an article for the Partridge Blog where he discloses just some of his secrets :thumbs:
Don't take that as read. Although the week of 23 May was OK for my holiday in the West Country and I had some great sport on the Teign (thanks to Devon Flyfisher for his guiding :thumbs, we have had cold northerly winds screaming down through Hamphire all this week. My central heating has been on in the early mornings and late evenings. Heaven only knows what this has done to the Mayfly, we were already a bit behind with the hatch calendar, but some better weather is allegedly coming for the weekend and beyond.The weather up here is as usual way behind what is enjoyed further south. We have been experiencing depressed temperatures due to a cold North Easterly that has been blowing for the last two weeks.
Aye, don't know if the hatch has taken another jump up in numbers or has got going early, but that's by far the most mayfly I've seen on Menteith before the end of May... it was 24°C during the day there yesterday - lovely! :thumbs:... Mayflies hatching on Menteith.
I've noticed that they do like to make an appearance after a bright warm day , particularly if the wind drops. The Lake doesn't seem prone to blizzard hatches does it Jim...? The numbers make the fishing a bit more manageable I find. Though its been a few years since I fished an evening session there, might be different these days....There were a few about on the Lake last night Col.just after sunset.