Jassids – late season dry fly fishing

The Jassid, a terrestrial leaf hopper

The Jassid, a terrestrial leaf hopper

Late season dry fly fishing is at its best when Jassids appear amongst gum beetles and late season Mayfly hatches, along with ant falls and any other welcome surface trout foods that are available.

A terrestrial leaf hopper, Jassids are the strawberries, dark chocolate and cream on the trout’s late season menu. They need to put condition on for the up and coming spawning runs, and for brown trout, that is beyond April.

It’s tough to predict just how many Jassids will show in any given year, but once in several years there is an explosion.

A relative abundance of surface food will delay the need for us to move towards wet flies. Late season, the number of anglers seems to drop away, and for those who make the effort the onset of good late season weather patterns can mean outstanding dry fly fishing.

The variety of Jassid shown in this photo is currently occurring on the lakes of the Tasmania’s Central Plateau.

When it comes to basic selection of trout flies, don’t scratch your head too hard. The Red Tag in sizes 12 and 14 is a good standby. If trout are selective and want Jassids, you are probably best off with a fly of red bodied foam or fur, and dark wing casing with a modest dark or greenish grizzle hackle. For how to tie a fly that I like to use, have a look at the Scruffy Jassid.