Going Deep Dish Again...
On a recent fall Brook trout outing on one of my favorite Brookie lakes, I was faced with a situation where the fish were in a bit of a funk when it came to the normal stillwater patterns. I could see the fish holding in 6 to 10 feet of water, occasionally nabbing a snack, but otherwise, not moving too much. We tried a few different patterns (scuds, leeches, damsels, etc) with relatively little success. On this specific lake, as with many bodies of water, the Callibaetis population is quite strong. I typically see stronger emergences in the late spring and summer, but the nymphs are available year-round and the bugs are there. The lesson in all this is don't discount a given insect in times where you're not seeing it normally hatch.
|Deep Dish Callibaetis|
Given this, I dug out a Deep Dish callibaetis and sent it to the depths to tangle with a trout. 5 casts later and 4 fish to net, I think I figured out what the fish were keying on. Thankfully, their focus lasted for a couple of hours, before turning to something meatier (Chimera as shown here), so it was nice to see this little pattern doing well once again.
Now that we've been fishing the Deep Dish for a few months now and having heard from a few tyers out there that have also experienced some good results, it's a staple to my stillwater box and has also served as a great prospecting fly both on rivers and lakes. Give it a try... and don't discount the great Callibaetis insects at any time of the year.
|Brookie on a Deep Dish Callibaetis|
|Fall fishing and Callibaetis|