Burman's Cradle Robber Alevin
Remember those salmon that spawned in the rivers last fall? All winter those millions of salmon eggs have been incubating in the gravel. Now the river bed is about ready to bloom. Millions of salmon fry are about to emerge from the gravel creating an unseen super hatch. Trout eat baby salmon when they are abundant. Salmon alevin and fry fly patterns are often very productive during early spring for catching trout and whitefish.
Many anglers are aware that when salmon, steelhead and trout spawn that the resulting egg drift can make trout and whitefish feed ravenously on eggs. Egg patterns drifted close to the bottom can produce many hook-ups. Some anglers in Alaska and British Columbia have also know for years that fry emergence can trigger a bite. If your local favorite trout stream gets a salmon run, then it too could have a fry emergence period. When this emergence will occur depends on the specie of salmon involved and the temperature of the stream. In the Pacific Northwest most salmon fry emerge in March, April and May. Are you prepared to meet this unseen super hatch or will you, like many other Northwest anglers, watch mystified when trout refuse to take dries from the surface during prolific spring hatches of insects, unaware that the real hatch never reached the surface?
When baby salmon hatch from the egg, they do so with the egg yolk attached. Some are washed from the gravel by catastrophic events, are crowded out by siblings, or leave the gravel during investigative forays. As soon as they are exposed they become easy prey.
Burman's Cradle Robber Alevin is a deadly fly for trout and whitefish. It may be fished dead drift close to the gravel as if it were a nymph, or swung like a streamer using a sinking tip line.