Beetles & Mayflies
Text: Jonas Olsson
Photos: Jonas Olsson
"The slow but determined take of a completely helpless victim"
This episode took place in the end of June. Last time we fished the river the trout where feeding on Danica.
Now it seemed like the peak of the hatch had passed. It was hard to find any rising fish, even though a few large and beautiful Danicas still came down the river. But after an hour or so, we finally found a frequently rising fish. His place was between an overhanging bush and a rock, where the slow current ended up in a small pool.
I tried almost all of my Danica imitations, but none seemed to be the right one. Frustration and lack of coffee made me decide to take a break. After we had a large amount of the black drink, it was Anders turn to go on with the trout. The trout was still rising. When Anders had tried a couple of drifts he realized something interesting.
Anders ingeniously came to the conclusion that it might be those the trout where looking for(!). I still had two green beetle flies in my box since last visit to New Zealand, and handed over one. First cast and yes, it was the complete solution. The trout slowly broke the surface and inhaled the fly.