Looking back the last fall, midge hatch & rise actions of trout were tremendous. Instead, fall baetis activities were somehow very low. Midge actions were more than compensating poor baetis actions so no anglers were complaining. So this fall, most regular creek anglers are hoping to see fall baetis hatch and delighted rise actions of trout, just as we know, yet we are all prepared for midge hatches due to the last fall.
I have already found out the tendency for this season. Again, every year is different. On the contrary to the last fall, midge activities are much lower. Instead, we got fall baetis back!! - just as classic & typical as we know & expect!!
One thing that's common every season - at least in my opinion: fall baetis is the ultimate match-the-hatch challenge of the year. By the fall, trout have seen all kinds of flies and presentations. Furthermore, they are not eagerly feeding any more. When hatch is good, they "might" rise and feed a few. Flies, Presentations, and Timing their rises!! We have to show every fly pattern and skill that we have developed through summer months in order to wrap up the season with the happy notes.
Let's look back how I've been doing with more pictures than in the previous post!
In the afternoon of the opening day, Oct 15th, I was at the spot!! Baetis hatch was good! and promising for the rest of month. Furthermore, my new emerger pattern turned out to be a very successful & killing pattern right off the bat!! I have already developed a couple of color & hook variations. I will unfold each and all during this winter.
It was overcast with light rain, no winds to speak of. I started to see rings of rises one by one. I started catching smaller individuals.
In the afternoon of 21st, I observed repetitive rise actions that I ended up spooking all. Since then, I've been devoting myself to this challenging spot and trout swimming there!!
Look at this tremendous hatch!!
Also, it turned out to be another classic baetis afternoon - hatches came in waves = 3 big swarm = then tapered down.
So fall baetis are hatching and midges are offering some surface actions then. Yet those are not all. Indeed trout are feeding on different stuffs.
As seen right above, what's this bigger mayfly?
Just like predicting fall-run trout, baetis hatch can progress to any results. Considering all these classic and typical hatches so far, and including my wish!, I have a strong hunch that hatch will go on till mid November. It will taper down as the days go by but those hours will still be worth assembling my dry-fly rig!! I will keep working on!
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