Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.
This Skwala nymph still has a couple months left to go before hatching, but it's still a good representative of its species, which was extremely abundant in my sample for a stonefly of this size. It's obvious why the Yakima is known for its Skwala hatch.
These are huge mayflies. Hexagenia limbata, by far the most important species, is the second largest mayfly in the United States. The largest is its close relative, Litobrancha recurvata, which until recently was also in the genus Hexagenia.
Hdhungryman on Apr 15, 2012April 15th, 2012, 4:57 pm EDT
Forget the end of the world. The Hex Hatch is just about on again. For more than 7 years now, I have been making the journey north and have encountered one of the most prolific hex hatches I have ever seen (in the West that is). We all know that there are very specific conditions that must exist in order for this amazing event to occur. There are a few notable locations though I have found Henderson Springs in Big Bend, CA to be the most exciting from the perspective of a flyfisherman.
I am constantly keeping an eye out for when the hatch starts in this region. I will do my best to keep my post current as I get further updates. Make it a great season!
Entoman on Apr 15, 2012April 15th, 2012, 7:45 pm EDT
Welcome to the forum Hungryman.
Been there many times. Catch any big catfish? It's bizarre how the springs allow both them and trout to inhabit the same water. Caught one that tipped the scales at over 12 lb.'s and was afraid it was going to sink my float tube with one of it's spines! (I wonder if that's a record for catfish on a dry fly?) :)
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
Crepuscular on Apr 16, 2012April 16th, 2012, 4:30 am EDT
Caught one that tipped the scales at over 12 lb.'s and was afraid it was going to sink my float tube with one of it's spines! (I wonder if that's a record for catfish on a dry fly?) :)
I don't know but during the Ephoron leukon hatch on the Susquehanna river it is not unusual to catch enormous channel cats! It's very challenging to get the fly directly on the nose of those cats when they are feeding on the spinners. But man do they pull! I've caught and seen friends catch them that go at least that big!