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MMMMMMM... if only I were a trout.

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bugman:

What kind of camera do you have? Man, I thought that my wifes DSLR took nice shots.

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I agree about the small things that matter on a camera. Right now we're using an Olympus E-620 DSLR... but my next camera is a waterproof Olympus that I recently just saw. I haven't really captured a mayfly like that except at a ball game where the fly was the direct cause of me losing my head.

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As Tim said about matching the hatch.

I love summer trout fishing, especialy in the lakes. For wet patterns, Picket Pin is definitly my go to, then a Dk Montreal. I believe it was Tim who turned me on to the picket pin back on the old site, LOL. With pheasent tail fibers for the tail.
 

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One of my favorite mayfly imitations is the Blue Upright. I found this excellent especially in may after which I switch to a caddis and a few other dryflys. My goto fly is the Wooly Worm tied with red hackle feathers for the tail and grizzly hackle palmered through the black body. It was deadly on both the Middle and the Margaree.

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Hi All
We were out on a small lake - ( About 10 h in size ) - this morning and came across a hatch of mayflies in one cove. The flies were about size 16, clear wings with a dark body. They were in a cove of clear water where it goes down to 3 - 4 meters in maybe 25 m from shore. There was a good number of mayflies or at least mayfly lookalikes on the water. The place is rocky but some mud or clay on the bottom.
My question is there normally a mayfly hatch in July? Do they have a name?
As no fish were feeding on them it would not be a useful exercise to tie a matching fly.
Have a nice day
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Mayflies hatch all summer long on lakes. I fish mostly lakes in the summer. Usually an hour before sunset is best for mayfly hatches, depending on the temp. I wouldn't worry too much about matching the hatch as I have not seen too many trout key on most mayfly species in the summer, on the CB lakes I fish anyway. I found the most important hatches on lakes in the summer are Caddis and flying ants, black, red/brown, red and cinnamon and big olive ants in late summer. At least where I fish.
 

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Hex are usualy in August on CB. I've seen some lakes where the trout will key on them, but my favorite lake the trout will not even look at them.

Hey tim, I seen this mayfly hatch once, was wondering if you ever came across it. I have yet to find any referance to them on line. I only seen them once on this lake, it was early September. They were small, about a #18 with clear wings, they were that clear it almost looked like there were no wings there and it had a chartruese body.
 

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Hi Paul

Most of the mayfly hatches that I see this time of year are in rivers or streams. That being said it is entirely possible that there are mayfly hatches in lakes this time of year. A lot of small mayflies are swimmers as nymphs which could be found in lakes. Any chance that P.Mar was with you and got a picture ?
Hi Bugman
The chances on question 1 is 100%, on # 2 0%!
We didn't have a net so couldn't catch any.
I never mastered the matching the hatch deal. If trout are rising I offer them a little tube fly, then a klink, if they don't like either I leave them in peace and go have a cold one.
Enjoy the heat
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In the lake I do most my fishing in in the summer, back in CB, we would watch the big hex flies pop up onto the surface and float around for a minute and never seen on fish chase them. LOL, for some reason they don't like the adults. Very pickey fish in this lake anyway. LOL.

One of my favorite patterns for this lake in the summer is a Bras D'or Creeper, but I use a thinner shell back, just wide enough to go across the back. I find it gives it a little more buggy look for freshwater fishing. I always assumed that maybe they though it was a large nymph, maybe a hex. I fish it along the bottom very very slow. I use to stay until the last min, 2hours after sunset, catching fish after fish on it.
 

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Is this what I call a Brown Drake?
 

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Hex hatches can be huge. They can be so thick that they often captured on doppler radar, like this image. I've heard of people being in the middle of these hatches and having to put a scarf over their faces to prevent them from being inhaled!

 
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