It's getting to be that time. Trout feed on midges all year here, but April is when the big hatches start and fish take notice. The midday hatch is the best, other hatches coming off in small spurts, the bugs getting smaller as evening draws near. I pulled up to one of my favorite sloughs around eleven yesterday. I rig up a #14 red midge, dropping a#10 black snowcone eighteen inches off the first fly. An indicator is then placed six feet above the bottom fly. Just as I finish rigging up I see swallows starting to swoop and dive above the water surface. Perfect timing. For the next hour or so the action was nonstop. I couldn't even pause long enough to light a smoke without the indicator diving under. The hatch petered out, and I had brought four bows and a brookie to hand. At least four good fish came unbuttoned, one a pig that would've easily went double digits if it hadn't bent the hook out(pictured). I soaked my bugs for another halfhour without a touch. I was just about to throw the towel in when I picked up my last and best fish of the day, a chunky twenty inch nate. I barely beat the rain back to my truck. Good thing as I was only in a t-shirt. I had tied up a black/red double dip snowcone that morning to try, and when it caught a fish on the first cast I was thinking,"alright, this might be the pattern." But the magic and swallows were gone by then. I switched back to the all black one to get the fifth bow. The mid action kicks off in April, peaks in June, and starts to taper off around the Fourth(though I've had some of my best days around the holiday). During the peak its not uncommon to get ten fish an hour, with the average bow around eighteen inches and two footers pretty norm. With those numbers you can see why I don't bother with dry falls and the floattube hatch. Hopefully I'll see some other flyfishers on the water this year(I mean you Ira).