Just into the month of February and there are reports of hatched little back stoneflies on southwestern PA trout streams in the Laurel Highlands. These flies are really interesting, but tiny in the winter (size of a dime).
(The larger of the three bugs is the Capnidae the other two are midges)
These guys stick out like a sore thumb against the snow and ice.
Well I can't take off and fish just yet. So, I did the next best thing possible for old beertrout and tied a few flies. No many patterns emerged from an internet search, so I started creating my own. I ended up looking at actual photos and thinking an all black ausable skunk type fly would fish well. So I set off creating what is know known to me as the "MIO Skunk".
The Au Sable Skunk is a well known pattern in Michigan
Hook: sz 16 TMC 100
Thread: 8/0 Black Uni
Tail: black moose mane hairs
Body: black dub
Wing: Hi-Viz Ant Body
black swiss straw
Legs: black rubber
(add hackle is you got it)
I am hopeful that soon enough I can venture out and try the MIO Skunk on some PA trout.