I was out brush busting a stream in eastern Connecticut yesterday. What I experienced is something that happens frequently but is not talked of, especially by me. The weather was super, sunny and bright with a breeze. The woods were really starting to show some green and that makes for a happy fisherman.
I started fishing a dry and managed to poke a few. The brookies seemed to be swirling about the fly before taking. This action was new to me and I can't recall ever seeing it.
I came upon a run that was full of the most vibrant green laurel. The laurel was right along the stream bank. Over on the far side of the stream I saw a rise, then another and another. These trout were keying in on something. I got into position where I could make a drift and sent the fly downstream. Expecting a hardy rise and I got nothing. The drift was made again and again and nothing. The brookies were rising again and then I figured out what they were interested in, "midges" they were about in the hundreds. When the breeze came up they were gone the moment it became still the were swarming. I have never witnessed anything like it. I don't fish midges but like most anglers I have a few in my box. I tied on a 18 Griffiths Gnat and sent it out. The fly was impossible to see, but the trout saw it. That fly was slammed repeatedly, and I managed to take several beautiful brookies on it.
The actual fly hatching was much smaller than the fly I fished. I also had several for a snack...lesson keep your mouth shut.