With the opening of the Trout Season many of our waterways are still flowing high from the impact of winter and spring rains. River temperatures are normally low. They can be around the 6C degree mark in upper midland streams and even colder up in the high country.
The water temperature has a bit of an impact on a lot of our water borne insect life and it is not until we get around the 11C to 12C degree mark that we see an improvement in the variety of insects coming off our streams or lakes. With this in mind, the lower rivers and lakes offer a better chance of catching a trout on a dry fly, especially on opening day.
I suppose the big question is, what can you expect to see this early in the season? This question can vary from state to state so we must generalise.
Mayflies belonging to the Baetid family, commonly known as Little Blue Duns, can be seen along our mid to lowland rivers any time of the year. Maybe not coming off in big numbers but they are there and active.
Here’s a choice; I carry both and at times it is simply preference which one I will put on first if I see Baetids coming off my home waters.
The Reversed Emerger I designed after being influenced by that great English fly tier Roy Christie. This pattern is great in pools or slower moving water, especially if the trout are a little spooky. Tied in this manner the tippet is under the surface film which tends to suit those leader shy trout. You can see the story of Roy Christie and his reversed style of tying here. Also check out the article “A Bit About Baetids”. At the end of that article I have listed a range of dubbing blends that are designed to match most of the known, sixteen and still counting, species found in Australia.