After 30 plus years of fly fishing Southern Vermont's infamous Battenkill river, I still get excited as we approach mid July as it signals the start of one of my favorite hatches of the season. So much so that I named my Fly Fishing business after it.
Now its pretty well known that July is not the most likely time of year where one can expect to hook up with the biggest fish of the season, nor is it even a time when you could expect to see much more than tubers and boaters on the river, but after all these years, there's one thing you can count on nearly every late July morning, and that's native brookies feeding on
the "TRICO HATCH."
Short for its scientific name Tricorythodes, Tricos are small black aquatic mayfly that hatch in the North Eastern regions of the country often appearing in great numbers on cool summer mornings. The duns begin emerging as soon as the sun begins to hit the water at which time the mating process begins in large masses over the river. Once their courtship has concluded, and the air temps reach 68 degrees, the males die first falling to the water while the females return to the water to lay their eggs and then they themselves expire. It's these deceased flies or "spinners" that the trout key in on which can result in a fun filled couple of hours on the river for both client and guide.
So while fishing this hatch for wild brook trout is certainly one of my favorite summer pastimes, for me its also about sharing my passion, appreciation, enthusiasm and knowledge for what I believe to be one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a summer morning in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont.
Of course if you are interested in such an experience, let me know as I have everything you would need to make it happen.