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Monday, February 22, 2021

Bolo Bugs!

BOLO Bugs!

Start looking ahead to spring, especially on warmer tailwaters. My DNR law enforcement buddies taught me that BOLO means “be on the lookout.” Since it’s mid-February, it’s already time to BOLO bugs on warm days like our last two. One of the first spring hatches in north GA is the gray caddis. Although these two videos are several years old, note their dates. I had some good late winter days on top, indeed!
Tie or buy those elk hair caddis in sizes 14, 16, and 18. If you’d like to get real fancy, put a green egg sac on the end of the abdomen via a small green ball of dubbing. More importantly, watch the bugs and imitate their behavior with your fly: surface popping emergers, dead drifting, freshly hatched adults, upstream skittering bugs, and dead drifting, expired adults at dusk, riding low in the film.
Although you’ll still be going deep for most trout this month, dust off your dry fly box and reinsert it into your vest or sling. You’ll be glad you did.
Don’t forget the Gink, dessicant, and some hope for an early dose of dry fly action. BOLO those bugs!!!
Call Unicoi Outfitters (706-878-3083) if you need more advice, flies, or supplies. Good luck!

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