The tricos are about on our rivers these days, and if you like small stuff on long leaders now is your time to shine. What is a trico? Well, in short they are one of the smaller mayfly species that we fish here in Montana, and they are known for big hatches and trout-tempting spinner falls. You can learn all about them by reading my Know your Bug: Tricos post from a few seasons ago, where I go into great detail about these miniature guys. Tricos start on some of the tailwaters (think Missouri River) in July, and persist through to the later dates of September on our rivers. While we don’t get the kind of blanket hatches you might see on the Mo, the bugs still move a lot of big fish and it really is your best chance to join the 20/20 club. (A 20 inch fish on a size 20 fly. Good stuff.)
|Spinner falls are predictable and open the best window for finding willing trout ready to eat.
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