As with a faint star in the night's sky, one can better understand fishings' allure by looking around it, off to the side, not right at it - Holly Morris
Thank God for this insect. It's here from the Spring through the late Fall, comes in numerous sizes, seems to be all over the country and loves those damp, cool cloudy days that other mayflies seem to avoid. The Blue Wing Olive is a staple. One of my best dry fly days was early October on the EB when the air was full of them and the trout couldn't get enough of them.
My favorite ways to fish the BWO is ON or IN the surface with an emerger or a full dun pattern. A.K. Best, the well known tier and author, says that this fly really isn't OLIVE but more of an olive brown color. Many imitations our there are too olive and if you can capture one of these guys you will see that. Anyway, I here is the emerger I like to use:
hook - size 18 scud hook
body - olive brown synthetic dubbing
thorax - brown rabbit
Wing stub - CDC Puffs
Hook - size 18
Tail - dun colored hackle fibers
Body - brownish olive synthetic dubbing
Wing - grey CDC
You can tie these up quickly because they are soooo simple. Hint - the emerger is the better fly!
By now EVERYWHERE has been stocked at least once so you have no excuses for not going out. Try to stay clear of bridges because these are prime stocking spots and the truck chasers will hone in on them like cruise missiles. It appears that the DFW has now made it easier for truck chasers to get to places quicker with some nifty software. Why not put effort into developing a strain of survivor trout instead!!