Re: Secret Flies...or Mastering the Hatch?

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Posted by Markus Fipps on 2013-04-28 08:12:18 in reply to Secret Flies...or Mastering the Hatch? posted by David Dempsey on 2013-04-26 17:33:12


Fine assessment of the Western March Brown nicely "DUN".

Certaintly a welcomed critter after a long winter of tiny bugs and wanning eyesight.

Would only add that as the March Brown hatch progresses toward the end of its yearly cycle have had some very experienced anglers mistake March Browns for generally the next item on the plate in many areas..... Callibaetis. At many latitudes they occur in the same fisheries but often in different types of water. Though March browns like to move to slacker water before they ovideposit. And of course that's generally where you witness Callibaetis or in a lake.
Without getting into a bunch of scientific Genius jargon. Or counting wings,legs,tails.etc. Here's couple of quick tips to solve the mystery without having to try to ID the bugs very close. Callibaetis.... usually slightly smaller have very long- wide split tails. And have a very unique spinner flight(aka. the dance of love). They both have very mottled wings as duns though as fully mature adults(spinners)... the mottling on the leading edge of the wing on the Callibaetis is much more pronouced. The spinnerfalls also usually happen at different times of the day respectively.

Secret flies come and go. Someone will usually come in with a pattern the fish haven't seen before or in awhile. As it gets fished. The fish usually figure it out pretty quick then it's back to matching the hatch.

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