Autumn is a special time of year. Dry fly enthusiasts are fooling trout with Tricos and blue-winged olives in the slower pools and tail-outs. The dry fly fishing has been nothing short of spectacular! It's hard to go wrong with a size 20 Sparkle Dun for blue-winged olives and a #24 Stalcup's CDC Trico Comparadun for the Tricos.
Jeff Mavelli nymphs to some suspended fish that are feeding heavily on midge pupa. A two-fly tandem rig with midge pupa is deadly this time of year. Dry and droppers are another effective strategy to fool fish this time of year. A #20-22 Matts Midge dropped with a #20 Tungsten Black Beauty will fool suspended trout that are feeding on midge pupa.
Nymph fisherman are catching their fair share of trout too with egg-midge combos in the mornings and egg-Baetis combos in the afternoon. A size 20 Mercury Black Beauties and #22 Jujubaetis have been good producers.
Jeff Mavelli fooled this beautiful rainbow at Boxwood Gulch with a size 20 Mercury Flashback Black Beauty. The Black Beauty and its variations are great patterns when you see suspended fish that are feeding hard on midge pupa.
Pat Dorsey is an author and fly fishing guide. He is a co-owner of the Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen, Colorado.