Catching trout on spent may fly

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Jun 20, 2007
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[h=2]Catching trout on spent may fly.[/h]Some of the biggest trout I have caught to date have been on spent may fly. Stalking these large trout, following them as they pick up spent flies, is some fun.

Some of the big fish swim with their backs out of water like dolphins picking up spent fly as they swim along, they might cover distance of 100 mtr then turn back feeding again. As you follow them the trick is not to let the boat get too close.


Big fish.

I was on my own this year when I landed my biggest fish, 7 lb 9 oz weighed him in the net. The nets weight was 1 lb 4oz
Fellow GAIA instructor Kevin Sheridan's pattern worked again, I had followed him for surely 20 mns before I got to put fly where he wanted it.

Measuring up... Now cover your eyes!

Flies having sex, ha! The bigger female on left smaller darker male on right.
First thing to do is check on shoreline or Island for spinners like in the video above. After dancing and mating females usually go out in same direction as wind laying their eggs in various places. After that they just drop on water and die. Sad, but not for the trout, this can cause some great trout to come to surface to feed.

Wind Lanes - Look at photo above closely,, can you see corduroy ripple on right and on left? In middle, you see the shiny water? We call them "slicks", fish love to move up and down feeding in this area. Or if you have wave causing foam to build, flies get trapped. Fish love to feed in these wind lanes. Don’t do too long of a cast! Fish can come down these lanes very quickly and if you have to pull fly line in, you can put fish down.​

I always use a single fly, after all you're only trying to catch one fish! Listen out for fish sipping down flies. We usually end up whispering "Did you hear where that sip came from?" Ha! I use slightly bigger fly at dusk not type of spent that sits flat, too hard to see.​

In the early stages of May fly season, when you get the first big fall of spent may fly, they got out early this year, we were fishing spent at 1pm in the day and had some cracking fish.

Please remember, holding the fish in water until they swim away is very important.

Tight lines.
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