Emerging aquatics have reached the time in their life cycle to go through a metamorphous or start the process of becoming adults. A caddis, for example, hatches and enters the larvae stage. After a period of time it emerges to the surface, wiggles out of its larvae shuck, develops its wings and flies off to mate and start the cycle all over.
While the emerging insect is hanging in the surface film, it is very vulnerable to feeding trout. When you see small circles in the water surface, it’s time to tie on a soft hackle/emerging pattern and have some fun. Choosing the right color and size fly is part of the fun and challenge of fly fishing. The Soft Hackle or Emerger Pattern is my favorite fly to fish. It’s very easy and fun to fish, comes in a variety of colors and sizes and the trout love them!