Mayfly Weighted Nymph
When using a Mayfly Weighted Nymph Fly on lakes, use a long leader. Cast out and allow the nymph to sink, make a slow to medium speed retrieve. If you see a fish following the nymph, do not slow it down or it will probably shy away. Instead speed it up slightly and you may trigger a lunging take. When using Mayfly Weighted Nymph Flies on rivers, cast upstream and across. Allow the nymph to sink and make a long steady pull retrieve.
Troutfisherman and www.fastmailtackle.co.uk Trout Flies of the Month – May
Prior to becoming the majestic, fully winged adult Mayfly, this insect begins it life in silt beds of rivers and lakes, where it hatches from an egg laid by its mother. These silty bottoms remain the nypmhs’ home for a staggering 2 years, feeding on aquatic plants and algae. Until one bright sunny day usually between the middle of May and the end of June, the nymph makes it’s final swim, up to the surface of the water.
As it does so, an abundance of fellow nymphs follow, and a feeding feast below the waves ensues as the ever watchful Trout take out any larvae swept away by the currents.
A word or two of warning: the earlier part of the day – which is often unfished in Mayfly season can be incredibly prolific – ignore it at your peril. This is the period where this fly can be dynamite!
Best fished: On an intermediate line (or sink tip on a river) fishing upstream or across wind, allowing the natural movement of the water to do most of the work. Keep in contact with your fly at all time, reducing drag and minimising slack line. Takes will be swift and felt deep up the rod.