(Tricos smoking a cigerterre after sex- what a pitiful end!Colin Monihan image)
The British called the Caenis/Trico hatch “the white curse”.Because they were so minute and hard to find a hook in those days small enough, it was the impossible fish the hatch
But today from the big fertile tailwaters like the Delaware to the the Bighorn, freestoners like the Beaverkill and Big Hole…to the small spring creeks from Pennsylvania, Driftless area, Michigan to Montana, tricorythodes or the “trico psycho time” is the summer gig and staple hatch lasting up to 5 months. It provides the very consistent bread-and butter nourishment for trout along with terrestrials on every trout stream you find them.
So don’t be ” CURSED”, here are some small tips on how to catch Trico trout…and LOTs of them, and yes even 20 inchers will eat 500 plus tricos in a day !!!
* Have both patterns: males and females: one is all black thread, the other is white clear theard with a ice dub peacock thorax- also have double patterns of a male and female connected in a longer shank #16 hook..use Organza Hareline wing material
*Use larger, wide gape hooks like Daiichi’s 1110-1140, (#20) and bend the gape out and to the side, this greatly enhances your hooking potentials
* Long, very long leaders (16-18 feet) allow you to cast into multiple pods of fish without lining them…long 6-7 feet tippets of subtle Varivas or Cortland fluorocarbon tippet’s 6-7x allow for long inspection times, since most fish are sipping in pods in pools and tail-outs where dead spinners accumulate after spinning near shoreline riffle areas.
* concentrate on the biggest trout which usually has the biggest sipping bubble…stay with the fish and switch patterns from M/F to double…8x only at last resort.
* be out really early on very hot days-sun-up- later as fall progresses
* hook set is downstream of fish, with rod tip almost touching water, very slowly and deliberately for small hook to penetrate- the lower rod tip profile maintains rod tension
That’s it!!!…a 20 plus incher like thsi will have throatfulls of black and whitw gobs of spinners. So for the ultimate big trutta chase- hex fish all night and do last call on the daybreak trico hatch- double whammy!!!
Here is a our Muskegon Leopard Eagle Lake Rainbows that love to sip tricos everyday- note the belly full of tricos!