Most of the season is terrestrial season. From spring beetles through autumn hoppers, mix in some flying ants or cicadas depending on where you live, and there’s a good 7 months of possible terrestrials in much of trout country round the planet. These are important food sources. And while we might think to wait for the wind to blow hoppers or cicadas onto the water out mid-river, more often these terrestrials land on streamside vegetation while being wind-blown, and guess what? They don’t always land well. Enter, the terrestrial drop. So how do you imitate that? Let’s have a look at how we can get a hopper, beetle, or cicada pattern to slide onto the water from the grass above in order to catch that bankside riser!