One month until the start of the season and it is still very cold.
I am currently wondering if the temperature is going to rise and give us a good start to the season. The first fly we should all be looking out for are “Large Dark Olives” – an absolutely lovely wee insect:
The above picture was taken a couple of seasons ago – It was early season (late March early April) and I realised as I walked up to my car and drove away that all the flies were busy buzzing around the main road as opposed to being on the water – all very inconvenient.
I am looking forward to hearing about the work that Louis Kitchen will be doing on the river regarding insects - for those of you at the AGM you will know about this if not check out the FORK newsletter and his piece is on page 11.
Even if you do not fly fish you have got to realise just how important this study is – essentially all the wee fish in the Kelvin feed on beasties and other creepy crawlies – they are the life blood of the river – if their is something wrong with them then there is something wrong with the very foundations of the river.
If you have got the time – contact him to become part of the project – I am pretty sure he can be contacted through Willie Yeomans.
The Large Dark Olive is the first important hatch that occurs on the Kelvin – damn right I am looking forward to seeing them – I always remember catching a few nice trout during a LDO hatch under some trees on my first day out a couple of years ago – they were the only trout rising at the particular section of river I was fishing.
If you are looking for a handy guide on insect life I cannot recommend this book highly enough:
I think if you look at other posts you will see my favourite fly for just about any olive hatch..
Anyway – looking back in the old diary I notice that some years we get a good early season hatch and other times not – looking forward to finding out what happens this year – I am being pessimistic though after all the cold weather – we really need some good high temps – like around the 12 degrees point to really make the flies hatch – and even then we need some trout that are crazy enough to actually eat them.
Anyone seen an olive….anyone?