BUG PROFILE : EPHEMERELLA SUBVARIA (HENDRICKSON)

A Hendrickson Female Dun The genus Ephemerella is another group of bugs that can be quite the big deal here in the east. In fact the species subvaria is a very big deal. The subvaria hatch is the first “super hatch” of the year and trout are known throughout the east and midwest to go bananas when these things start coming off. To my knowledge and based on my research there are nineteen different species of Ephemerella. The most important species to anglers will be definitely be Ephemerella subvaria otherwise known as the Hendrickson which is named after Albert Everett Hendrickson of Scarsdale New York who was a good friend of Theodore Gordon. In the west the Ephemerella species will be Ephemerella dorothea, and infrequens otherwise known as the Pale Morning Dun. The most common name for subvaria is the Hendrickson. They also go by Dark Hendrickson, Red Quill, Lady Beaverkill, Beaverkill, Borcher Drake, and Whirling Dun. A Hendrickson Male Dun These little guys begin hatching in the spring, which using us a guide for the hatch, it usually happens in mid to late May or when water temps reach between 50 and 55 degrees. This is arguably the best hatch of the year and when it’s happening the fish are really keyed onto them. The nymphs hatch by swimming or undulating their body to the surface and emerging from their shucks in the film. Once hatched the duns are known to ride in the current for a long time before they take flight which makes them an ideal food source. It’s said that […]
By |November 22nd, 2018|Tips|0 Comments

Quick vacation fishing trips

Let’s take a minute to talk about something important here in the North Country. We frequently get to meet some great folks on vacation with their families in the area that are looking for a quick way to spend a short amount of time on the water. We get it, fishing is awesome, but we don’t always have a lot of time to spend away when we are traveling with our families. Wilmington has a hidden gem lying in wait for you….Lake Everest. When people hear about fishing the west branch of the Ausable in Wilmington, Lake Everest isn’t something that comes to mind. Let’s talk a little about that. Lake Everest is an impoundment on the Ausable that was created in 1812 by a local man who brought the project to fruition to create a power source for a variety of natural resource based industry ventures, mainly town power. The dam was reconfigured in the 1930’s and a park was created to provide the residents and tourists easy access to the waterway. The impoundment is 30 acres and fishes a lot more like a slow moving section of the river than a lake, which is what it is. Lake Everest may be one of the most often overlooked jems of the Ausable River. The put in is at the Wilmington Town Beach where there is a nice launch area and dock. Canoe and kayak rentals are available from the town during the summer months. You can paddle about a mile upstream from the beach area, at which point the Ausable River enters the lake. There are exceptional views of Whiteface and the Sentinal Mountains from the lake. If you want, you can stop […]

Tips for winter trout

Early season trout fishing can be tough at best, I’m talking about spring fishing, I’m talking about fishing before the spring, in the winter when water temps are well below 50 degrees. In places like where I live In the north country if you aren’t fishing heavily stocked waters it can be like pulling your teeth out. Trout in these conditions and places are pretty lethargic this time of year and the fishing can be very very slow. Its a mental game, its very hard to keep your head in the game this time of year when you aren’t putting up numbers. You have to stay focused and concentrate on what you are doing. There is a big difference between going fishing and fishing well. But just because the fishing isn’t that great yet doesn’t mean you cant go out and catch a few. here is a short list of tips or facts to help you improve the odds.   1. Fish at the right time The best time to fish is when you can go fishing right? But try to optimize that time if possible. keeping in mind that sub 50 the fish are not very active, you want to be out in the warmest part of the day, notice I didn’t say brightest. 2.Downsize I talk to a lot of guys who say trout are not as spooky in the late season and I will agree with this to some extent. But that doesn’t mean that they are stupid either. I like to fish lighter tippet which goes along with smaller flies that are often fished this time of year. “Think small fish small” is a good motto. Fish aren’t going […]
By |December 2nd, 2017|Tips|0 Comments