Been on the water the last two days fishing and guiding to find more good trout but i've also witnessed some incredible baetis hatches. It has been just an incredible spring of fishing in Montana but the dry fly hatches have been selective...untill now. It seems with the bad weather comes the bad weather bugs aka Blue Wing Olives aka BWO aka Baetis. They are an awesome insect that is often the first big hatch of mayflies that we see here in Montana's springtime. There have been some good hatches of them all over the last few weeks really but yesterday was the first day i found trout just smashing bugs on the surface with reckless abandon.
The fun thing about the spring baetis is the trout are usually way less picky than the Baetis hatch in the Fall. I often can get by with a size 16 parachute BWO or Adams but if they get picky or your on the Spring Creeks i often will switch the an emerger style pattern. Film Critic, Smoke Jumpers, and Sprout Baetis all are a go to pattern and have saved my day on a picky fish.
Only grease the post on them is key and i find a good quality floatant can make a difference as well such as: Mega Float, Loon Lochsa, or Dry Magic. All are good on CDC and are a better quality floatant than your basic gink stuff. Worth the extra dough? Absolutely, isn't the memory of getting a 20" brown sipping mayflies carefully worth an extra $4? Gonna do more on floatant and dessicant comparisons later...if your interested in that kind of stuff.