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    Mayflies in May on The Clinch River!

    • Air Temp: 59 Deg.
    • Water Temp. 47.5 Deg start-49 Deg finish
    • Clarity: Clear with pollen film on the surface
    • Conditions: Spotty rain showers
    • Hatch: Medium Sized Crane Flies and Mayflies

    I figured I would start a topic about the mayfly hatch on the Clinch this year. Hopefully; it will be an interesting year with the fluctuations in the water levels a few weeks ago.

    Fished the lower portion of the Clinch Tailwater on Saturday, May 4. There were a few mayfly adults floating by from 9am-noon. From noon until about 3pm was a steady and consistent hatch of adult mayflies (density:~1 every ten feet).

    The fish were very active and taking emergent and dry mayflies from about 1pm until 3pm. Unfortunately; the water release had caught up to me and I was water logged from the rain. So; I called it a day.

    I tried to get some photos of the mayflies on the water; however, it was difficult to distinguish them from the rain drops.

    I am looking for a crane fly larva pattern that would mimic the one in the photo below. Please share if you have one.

    Last edited by MadisonBoats; 05-07-2013 at 06:28 AM.
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