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Re: Early Stones - It's Game on.
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We have them from size 4 down to 18 or so.

Posted on: 2013/2/13 12:12
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I won't say one or two weren't seen, but there is no way, no way that any hatch has started. We get this kind of thing all the time and it never pans out. Hatches will get under way within two weeks of either side of when they would be expected. Trust me.


You must not have fished in early spring of last year!
I hit great quill gordon, hendrickson, and grannom hatches during the last week of march. And that was at least 3 weeks before their average emergence dates of april 15.

As for stonelfies, I saw some hatching on presidents day last year at yellow creek - which was my first day out - and was told by other fisherman that day, that they had already been hatching for several weeks

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Wait... I was under the impression that stoneflies were a western thing. Do we have stoneflies in the Eastern US?


Jeremy,
Yes, we have stoneflies in the East. It is certainly true that you hear more about them in the West as it is out there where the big "salmonfly" hatches generally occur. Folks don't fish a lot of stonefly hatches here in PA but they do occur (several varieties) and the "early" stoneflies, such as those being discussed here.....are typically the first significant annual hatches in PA. They often don't produce great fishing but rather serve as nature's notice that winter is winding down and springtime is coming.

Posted on: 2013/2/13 13:47


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It has definitely started JackM. They were all over the bank and could be seen easily in the snow at Cool Spring Creek in Mercer County. I in fact took a picture to post on here to show everyone, I'll put it up again in this thread.

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The little black stoneflies aren't surprising or unusual at this time of year.

I am surprised by the mention of Quill Gordons, though. Does anyone have a link or quote about that?

Posted on: 2013/2/13 13:57


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It's good to see the stones as a sign that Spring is on its way, but I agree, the fish usually don't seem very intersted in the early Little Black Stones. I hit a good hatch of them last February on a little SE PA class A freestoner...fished LBS dries and nymphs but the only thing that produced fish was my usual Winter technique of drifting or slowly jigging weighted Buggers on the bottom.

Posted on: 2013/2/13 14:31


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Where I fish the LBS crawl up the banks and into the creekside bushes. LBS nymphs fished in the shallows at tails of pools (or near the bushes with the LBS) works well. The dry fly fishing isn't from hatching bugs really, but from when a gust of wind blows the adults back in the water and they motor across the surface to get back. Usually it's only the smaller fish that pick them off, but it does allow for for some early dry fly action. At least that's what I usually see.

The large stonefly adults don't cause much action out east, but stonefy nymphs of all sizes are a consistent producer all year long since most large stoneflies have a two year cycle. Tan "softshell" stonefly nymphs are often worth a try when it gets a little warmer.

Posted on: 2013/2/13 15:34


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I'd like to see some pictures of the LBS nymphs top and bottom.

Posted on: 2013/2/13 16:12


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The little early stones were all over the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg today - both the little blacks and the larger browns. The browns were pretty big (roughly #16) and very active on the surface, esp the bank side eddies.

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Year in-year out: Little Black Stone= Key steelhead nymph this time of year.

Posted on: 2013/2/13 17:21


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blue sky outfitters report on their FB page that he saw LBS and olives on Sunday afternoon, but no hatch or rises.

Posted on: 2013/2/13 18:27
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I won't say one or two weren't seen, but there is no way, no way that any hatch has started. We get this kind of thing all the time and it never pans out. Hatches will get under way within two weeks of either side of when they would be expected. Trust me.


jackm,

i guess slate run needs to get people up there to sell more gear, what better way than to get us excited that a hatch is starting. to their defense they only said quill gordon's spotted.

i did see a flock of robins in reading on monday + phil did not see his shadow = spring is near?

Posted on: 2013/2/13 23:21


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Calm down Andy,
There is always a small sz. 16 quill gordon that hatches on warmer days in late winter early spring. It is not the big one..b.w.o.'s were showing as well. i will start reporting on my site whats going on up here beginning of march...

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Re: Early Stones - It's Game on.

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Dam Jack, I figured if nothing else you'd be able to take me at my word, but rest assured, when I say crawling all over the rocks I meant thousands, not one or two. If there had been one or two I might have been more inclined to say "one or two", unless you were trying to "bust my stones". In the latter case please disregard previous commentary.

Boyer

Edit: Haha, just reread. Thinking you might have meant Gordon's. Not gonna Pete the post because it's not often I get to make a cheesy stone fly pun.

Posted on: 2013/2/14 8:42


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Dam Jack, ....
Edit: Haha, just reread. Thinking you might have meant Gordon's. Not gonna Pete the post because it's not often I get to make a cheesy stone fly pun.

I was talking about QGs. Stoneflies can appear anytime it gets a bit warm now. And since there is so many, there is so much diversity, that you may get a short-lived prolific hatch at this time of year with BSFs.


PS, I purposely used abbreviations. Not to save typing, obviously, but to try to appear more knowledgable than I am.

Posted on: 2013/2/15 19:17
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