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jross 08-26-2009 10:05 AM

hatches and redear
this summer I've noticed a hatch that comes off right after sunset. I was first told about this in July, when a friend of mine said the redear start biting good for only 15 minutes at dark. I thought it sound neat, so I joined him one night at a very familiar place. Boy was I surprised to see huge green mayflies everywhere. They'd be, I guess, size 10 or so. What would they be? I'm in soutern IN and don't remember reading anything like this in TN....and oh yeah, I did hook up some nice redear in that little window of time.

Byron Begley 08-26-2009 08:41 PM

Hi jross,

My guess is it's a willow fly. I don't know where you are fishing and don't know the latin name for the bug but I think that's what most of us would call it around here.


jross 08-27-2009 08:21 AM

I'll have to do a little more research. I don't remember seeing any flies like that for trout when I'm looking around.

MickinMS 08-27-2009 09:57 AM

I live just south of Memphis, TN in N. Mississippi and we had a similar hatch on a neighborhood pond this summer. Hatch may not be the right term, but in May and July we would have large yellow mayflies come out of the trees and lay eggs on the water. The bass went nuts. I tied a stealth bomber on a size 10 popper hook and they killed it. I would cast it out and make a big splash and let it sit there. They would not hit if if you popped it, just a little wiggle was all it took. The fishing only lasted 20 mins or so, but one night I caught 25 bass standing in the same spot in those 20 minutes. It was crazy!:smile:

jross 08-27-2009 10:45 AM

exactly what I saw up here!

MickinMS 08-27-2009 03:29 PM

It really spolied us, towards the end of the hatch we got really disappointed when we only caught 10 fish in 15 mins!!:biggrin:

Stonefly 08-29-2009 12:30 PM

What we called a willow fly in West Tennessee was a large cream colored mayfly. I could certainly be wrong (I often am...) but I thought they were Potomanthus.


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