Mosquitos and Coffin Flies everwhere!!! Those are the highlights for me on the credit river tonight. Fridays always take a long time to pass by - sitting at work its hard to concentrate on much else except the time when I can get up and take off to the river. Tonight saw beautiful clear skies over the Credit river and a nice temp. I headed out hunting for some fish.
I started fishing the Credit downriver with a nymph drifting it through all the likely spots and found that to be rather productive. Turned out this guy here from a tiny pool behind a rock:
As the evening progressed some big drakes started flying about. I stopped to smell the flowers and picked up a shot of this guy who landed on the brim of my hat. (j/k - I put him there)
I made it into a clearing further down river around 7 or so and there were drakes flying around all over! It was pretty amazing to see. I looked up and all I could see was these giant mayflies flying around. They are neat to watch because they will flap their wings, then all of a sudden they stop flapping and just cruise down with their wings stretched out. The flies would swoop down to the water and drop off their deposit and then lift off again. I sat for a while and watched them. Here’s a couple pics.
This is a little piece of the sky about the Credit river - Choked with coffin flies. They reminded me of mini dragons they way the swooped around:
Here’s a macro shot of one of those drakes.
I can’t describe what perfect timing it was for Rob O’Reilly’s coffin fly pattern. I tied up a few early today while killing some time - I had no expectation to run into such a big hatch on the river. I actually used a med dun CDC wing on mine in place of the rabbits foot wing. But I saw a number of big drakes which would be identical to the pattern posted by rob too. They had those big bushy wings out to the side with a tan colour to them.
It seemed like a long time of observation, but in reality it was probably only a few minutes before I heard the first splash. It didn’t take long for things to turn on. I used a couple white wulffs in place of the coffin fly pattern when those got soaked. They brought up a few fish too.
Should be a great weekend on the Credit river - get some coffin flies in your box