Tarantulas & Drakes

July 5

As expected fishing has remained excellent at the East Outlet of the Kennebec through the first week in July. Water levels have remained steady and water temps are still cool (62 degrees). This is quite a departure from this time last year when the water was tetering at the 70 degree mark. Caddis still reign supreme, but we are beginning to use a lot of the larger stimulator and tarantula patterns as well which means that stonefly season is upon us. Double dry rigs have been effective the past couple of weeks. They are an excellent way to survey an area as well as allowing you to test out a myriad of different color or size options as well. Remember if you are using bigger flies like the large #8 or #10 stimulators you will want to employ a heavier leader or tippet size. Usually a 3x will be thick enough to turn your fly over properly and prevent the inevitable pig tailing that usually occurs with big flies. As far has caddis goes skittering has been the word. Sometimes you need to forget everything you have been told about a dead drift and let your fly drag and pop over the surface. Teasing a skittering fly back and forth over a particular area has also proven to be very effective. As we approach the warmest part of the year prepare yourself for more subsurface presentation. Nymphing will become key throughout the warmer time of the day. If you like swinging a streamer, remember to scale back on size this time of year, #4 streamers you used for the spring will likely to big in the summer months.
We are also right in the zone for our annual Green Drake hatches. These next 10 days should really be the heart of the hatch. The Green Drakes will hatch in late evening usually a few moments before sunset. So if you’re really looking to fish the hatch don’t even head out till after supper. Fish will eat nymphs throughout the day on the ponds, this is why the Maple Syrup pattern gets a lot of attention this time of year. If you head out to the pond bring two rods, one rod with a sinking line or sink tip to fish the green drake nymphs and another floating line set up to fish the dries.