Recent Hatches...

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Entomology' started by Jim Speaker, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. Jim Speaker Active Member

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    Just some random notes on hatches I've seen in the past week or so...

    (unnamed) Western Washington Spring Creek : Blue Quills and PMDs

    Rocky Ford Creek (Sunday, June 8) : Tricos in the fast water (early morning, of course - damn near every fish sipping them) and of course #24 to #20 black midges in the stillwater

    Little Deschutes (May 26) : Epeorus, Green Drakes, PMDs, Caddis, Salmonflies

    Yakima (June 2) @ 3 Bridges : Baetis

    Yakima (June 4) @ S. Cle Elum : unconfirmed (windy) - swallows chowing bugs over runs too small for me to make out in the wind... baetis again?
  2. rattlesnakeflyguy Harrison

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    Baetis seem to be everywhere right now, even on the lakes I fish quite a bit.
  3. Richard Olmstead BigDog

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    Callibaetis on Hancock Lake on Sunday. Both spinners and duns observed. There was a substantially smaller mayfly as well, but I don't have a good guess as to what it was.
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  4. Taxon Moderator

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    Richard-

    My guess would be either Tricorythodes or Caenis. If you saw them during the morning, they could have been Tricos. If you saw them toward dusk, they could have been White-Winged Sulphurs. Those would be the only stillwater mayflies that come to mind which that are "considerably" smaller than Callibaetis, the first brood of which would likely be about 9-10 mm in length, or about hook size #14.
  5. TrappedinCO Help! I'm trapped in a landlocked state.

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    There's going to be a double-bunny and yellow-yummy hatch on the Colorado this weekend.
  6. Jim Speaker Active Member

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    I'm wracking my brain here... someone... what is the name of the tiny mayfly that occurs on creeks and stillwaters, about a size 24, maybe 26, that has clear wings and a pale transluscent body with the last 2 body segments a darker color like brown? Trout never really key on them, but it's another possibility for the bug that was seen. Gah... what was that called???
  7. creekx spent spinner

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    What you're describing sounds like Tricorythodes spinners, as Taxon noted above. However, trout do feed heavily on Tricos on both stillwaters (Hebgen Lake, for example) and most rivers I fish.
  8. Richard Olmstead BigDog

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    Thanks, Roger. I'm new to stillwater fly fishing and still learning the bugs. I got a good look at the Callibaetis. Both duns and spinners were out at the same time and were about 10 mm in length. I fished a dun imitation with a softhackle trailer and took a majority of fish on the softhackle. I was there in the evening, so maybe the smaller mayflies were Caenis. It's a new one for me; I'll have to look them up in my copy of Western Mayfly Hatches tonight.

    Dick
  9. ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    pink and sockeye smolt here still too cold for bugs...
  10. Jim Speaker Active Member

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    Naw, I know tricos... males black, females cream underbelly, tapered bodies, etc... these are smaller and extremely delicate with a consistently narrow transluscent (nearly clear) body except the last two dark segments. It'll pop in my head at some unlikely time - there's not a common name for them since fishermen and fish don't care for them. I'll post with a pic some time when I remember and can therefore google up a photo. :)
  11. Taxon Moderator

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    Jim-

    If this is what you are trying to remember, the genus is Caenis.

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  12. Bugthrower Willits

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    Jim, are you thinking Pseudocloeon?
  13. Jim Speaker Active Member

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    Pseudocloeon! Ding ding ding! We have a winner - sorry, all out of prizes...

    Yes, pseudo is the one. Thanks, I feel much better now.
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  14. creekx spent spinner

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    Ahhh, 'Psuedo' spinners! Like this little feller...

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    BTW, most have been reclassified as baetis, but I'm not sure if the trout care...
  15. Jim Speaker Active Member

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    Nice photo. That's the one :thumb: