Last week I fished a small freestone creek from about 6:00-8:00PM. It hadn't rained in 2 weeks, it was low water, hot temps and the fish were holding deep; not feeding much and the rises, if any, were subtle, few and far between.
But, there were a couple of bugs in the air and they were cream caddis; about a #16. So, on went that fly and the casting exercise began. I covered most of the water that could possibly be covered from the banks along a nice run, but came up empty handed. Time to change flies.
On went a dry/dropper; sluggish fish, get the fly down to them, right? 3' dropper - nothing; 5' dropper - still nothing.
How about a meatball? Chernobyl Ant; #8, big, hairy, good action on the top of the water - might work. Nope.
Winged wet - no a bite!
Soft hackle (Stewart's Spider - almost always a fish-getter for me) - nada!
Enter the Batistou Special! This is a fly that J-P introduced me to about 3 months ago when we were fishing for Chubs and Dace in some of his home waters. It's similar to an ant pattern; black foam body, pinched mid-section, black hackle and a white indicator post (or hackle). The back of the foam is tied well down into the bend of the hook; which causes it to sit down in the water almost like an emerger. I think J-P posted a thread on this pattern a couple of months ago, but I couldn't find it or I would have added it as a link.
It was fish on!
I only had two Batistou Specials with me and after a good number of fish, I was out of them.
These were the first two Batistou Specials that I'd ever tied and I didn't do a very good job with them - but the fish didn't seem to mind at all.
Chubs, Dace and now finicky, lazy Summer trout - give me the Batistou Special and I'll be a happy camper!