Hook: #16 Orvis Tactical Wide-Gape
Thread: 8/0 Olive-Dun Uni-thread
Abdomen: Tying Thread
Hackle: Silver badger with Eyed Peacock Herl
Wing-case: Eyed Peacock Herl
The Little Olive Done
The Little Olive Done was originally tied to match those mid-winter, early spring hatches that get weathered out. When the Blue-Winged Olive hatch around you is struggling to take shape, and the dead and crippled begin to pile up in the eddy...This is your fly. Once I see fish begin to appear to be "midging" on the edges when there are BWO's in the air, I know they are feeding on the casualties.
Ralph's Tactical Caddis
So I have this tin. Just a basic Altoids tin, with magnets Zap-A-Gap'd in place. It is my test bin, where new patterns go to live or die based on how they work. The past two seasons there has been one pattern that remained through all 4 seasons of fishing, catching fish Spring through Winter.
The Frenchie is a proven pattern both here and in Europe. Brought by the French during tournament fishing, it is to them what the Hot-spot Pheasant Tail has been for us. Tied in a myriad of colors, this version is by far the most effective on local waters for me.
Rendezvous at Mayfly Meadows
2016 MLK weekend has come and gone with another Winter Troutfest in the books. The gathering commenced at Ron's place throughout the day Saturday, and folks wasted no time getting on water. The crew of 6 hit the water on a couple different locations depending on time of arrival. Most went to Little Fishing Creek, while later arrivals such as myself hit the water near the camp.