Foam Yellow Jacket by Steve Yates
Trout, Bass, and pan fish will often target bees and wasps when they are readily available. This is the time of year that the colonies are reaching their peak numbers and require a larger and larger range to provide for the every expanding colony. Some colonies may contain thousands of yellow jackets. Only the Queen survives the winter each year. In the spring she seeks out a suitable nesting site to begin a new colony, often underground. Most bees and wasp are yellow and black banded. This coloration may be nature’s way of warning that the bearer is equipped with and unpleasant surprise for anyone that comes in contact with them. Only the female yellow jacket stings, but they are capable of stinging over and over again unless the stinger is pulled out. The times that I have actually seen trout take yellow jackets it was a vicious strike, perhaps it’s to kill the insects before it stings the fish. This is a very good pattern from about mid July until the first good frost.
Hook: Dry Fly size 12-16
Thread: Rusty Brown 6/0
Body: Foam Yellow Jacket Cylinder
Wings: Brown Hen Hackle Tips
Hackle: Medium Brown