Once i have finished my bagel and my coffee. Its time to get in position to catch the trout feeding on my favorite hatch, the trico!. Now when I say finish my coffee and bagel, there gone by 5:15 am. The whole while I'm watching and targeting a pod of risers, or one large trout that's enjoying the trico feast.
Now I'm putting my waders on and my rod is already rigged and ready rock. I did this the evening before. My leader total is about 18' feet long. I wade out slow as a snail, to get into position for my first cast. I like to be above the trout for this hatch. I have found from keeping notes, that I certainly get more takes presenting the fly first.
At this time in the morning, the females are emerging, and trout are well aware of this and feeding steadily. The pattern i display below is hands down the deadliest pattern I have used for this part of the hatch. I have another in the works, but for now this one is my go to. Its simply a standard mayfly cripple, tied very small.
This is a # 22 mayfly emerger. Tied on a daiichi dry fly hook. The hackle is whiting dun neck hackle.
Two turns is all that's needed.
This is how the pattern should ride in the water. If tied properly it will also land this way on almost every cast.
My other spinners are next. Improved snow shoe, and my favorite, my top secret trico spinner.