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Yellow stone fly was all they would eat

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Out fishing today with what looked like olives sz 14 hatching. Couldn't catch a thing until I tried a yellow stone fly nymph sz 14. First time I have tried the pattern around here it had been in my box for 2 years. Are stone flies commonly good this time of year?

Posted on: 2013/3/24 22:06


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King,

Where were you fishing(what part of the state)? Are you sure they were mayflies hatching? Mayflys have an upright wing when at rest, Stoneflies have a flat wing against the abdomen. #14 olives are a bit rare this time of year (all #14 mayflies really) especially with the colder weather this winter.

Anyway, I bet what you were seeing was little black stoneflies. four wings fluttering across the water laying eggs. Its a common hatch this time of year. Actually not a hatch but an egg laying stage.

Whereas mayflies typically "hatch" or emerge in the sub-imago stage and fly straight up into the air in a graceful motion. Then come back as spinners (imago stage) and hover above the riffles before they mate.

Caddis have tent wings and fly a bit wackier than both stones or mayflies. but more like stoneflies than mayflies. But mayflies are distinctly different than both caddis an stonelfies.

On another note...the hatch and entomology forum is for posting pics and identifying aquatic insects in PA by forum members. Its usually a "whats this bug?" or "here is a ???" We will move this post to the general forum after a bit to keep things in their proper places.

Thanks for posting.

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Fishing in the Lehigh Valley 90% sure they were mayflies I should have taken a picture...black stones may have been hatching as well.

Posted on: 2013/3/24 22:53


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King you are correct bwo all over the lehigh valley this past weekend well for the last 3 weeks now it was 16- 18 but yes they were large

Posted on: 2013/3/25 12:50


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#14, Most likely Hendricksons or Quill Gordons, but given the weather it'sprobably too early for them, care to say what stream(s)? There are no secrets in LV.
BWO's do hatch this time of the year but they are #18's, and actually are baetis, not BWO's peple just call them that.

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Chaz there r plenty of secrets on the lehigh valley I was on the ll and the saucon and the olives have been large on the saucon very few quills like under a handful ..... Olives coming off now even in the snow

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You've guessed the secret it was saucon creek....I think they could have been 16.... The surprise to me was that I couldn't get anything on a 16 or 18 pheasant tail or bwo quill body nymph everything was on a size 14 yellow stone

Posted on: 2013/3/25 16:34


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I was doing well on the pheasent tail in sz 18 it was key to have a ribbing of conof fine gold wire in concentric circles up the body

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King pm sent

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I was on the Saucon yesterday and the olives were closer to size 20. Didn't do anything until I went down to a 22.

Andre

Posted on: 2013/3/25 17:07


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Were you fishing a hackled dun?

Posted on: 2013/3/25 17:18


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No, fishing a CDC emerger pattern I tie.

Andre

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There is a yellow stonefly that hatches later when it's warmer , but i've read about sub surface migrations of nymphs apparently to relocate not to hatch , perhaps you hit on one of those and there just happened to be mayflies hatching also? A net would have come in handy but i don't carry a net. Would have been interesting to know for sure.

Posted on: 2013/3/27 5:40


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Maybe the fish just took your fly because it looked yummy.... I think we give fish too much credit at times.

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fish in that creek and especially that section have a good education i am sure there were other reasons why it worked so well a good seine and flip a few rocks i am sure would provide the answer

Posted on: 2013/3/27 14:09






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