Trout fisherman and www.fastmailtackle.co.uk Trout Flies of the Month – May
This pattern imitates what is perhaps one of the best-known flies in the world, the Ephemera Danica, better known as the Mayfly. The Mayfly is the largest up-winged fly that can be found in the UK, and its presence in the later part of this month is awaited with great anticipation… Not only by us anglers but also the hungry Trout, whom below the surface prepare themselves for a feast, gorging on this protein rich bonanza.
Fully winged adults emerge from the water with one sole purpose, to find a mate and breed, during their day-long adult life they don’t even feed such is the intensity of their task. As the flies begin to hatch and search for a mate, this is without doubt the most prolific time to use a dun imitation pattern such as this.
A Mayfly often lands on the water at will, as unlike the Hawthorn fly (mentioned below) they possess the strength and power to escape. So casts with a slow figure of eight retrieve can often be very successful, matching the movement of Mayfly’s as they fight with the surface tension to become air born once more – a key time for a Trout to strike.
Best fished: From late morning to early evening, until the adults start to die and become spent spinners. Tactics during this feast become less important, as fish gorge themselves, but light tippets and well presented flies will always do the business on the bigger, wiser fish!