Isonychia duns emerge late afternoon into late evening. Wings are slate-gray in color, but the true give away for identification is the middle and hind legs are stark white, while the forelegs are dark in color. But often the forelegs are raised in position when the insect rests. This Isonychia gave me a couple minutes of his time and let me take a couple different shots.
Will always be one of my favorite shots, the mangled fly in the chompers of a nice fish. Even though this Roberts Yellow Drake will never fish again, as this 19″ brown trout caught by Kean OH, was disassembled in the battle. Nothing better than holding a great fish caught on a great fly. Nice job Kean!
Love my smallmouth bass fishing. Had a chance to get out and explore new water yesterday, and found bass looking up! And as a FYI, going through the finally editing process for the upcoming Smallmouth DVD, should be done soon.
The panfish family has always had a special place in my heart. Most likely from the fact that they are the first fish I can really remember targeting as a pip squeak youngster sitting on an end of a dock. Fishing for hours upon hours. So when this time of year comes around, I always have to head out and throw around the poppers. If you have not visited bream bugs.com I would highly recommend them for the best assortment of poppers and other flies for warm water fishing.
Ed McCoy and I ventured down the Manistee River yesterday throwing around one of the standard early season dry flies the Medium Brown Stone (video link) . Ed and I drummed up some nice fish on the boon dog, and then setup and zapped some smaller fish eating Hendrickson spinners. Here is a picture of Ed holding a nice 15″ brown that could not let the stimulator go by. Used a 15mm Canon Fish Eye lens for this photo. Some of the most overlooked dry fly fishing of the season is early May. No crowds and plenty of chances at decent trout.
Watched the Hendrickson take down the Ed McCoy AP Drake in a boat side wrestling match. FYI if you like chasing trout with the dry fly, make sure to pick up some of Ed’s Drake pattern. New pattern at Orvis.