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mayflies?


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I was able to get out with the baracuda and the sharks tonight! Tough fishing compared to earlier in the year. Bad news I think, may fly hatch! It was weird we went out at 6pm from Kadler and went north not much for fish then got bored (ADHD real bad as most of you know), and then went south of Kadler after 30 minutes out of the middle of no where may flies like a december snow storm. I was actually tough to run back up to the landing. I have only seen them this bad a few times and all of them have been early in the year at LOW. I remeber when I was a kid they popped under our feet when we went to the arcade at the K.O.A at Lake Of the Woods campground. I am guessing some horrible fishing for a few days/weeks?

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Do the fish feed on nymphs or adults during these hatches? What about during a spinnerfall? I'm assuming these mayflies are either Hexes or Brown Drakes, fairly large. Would make for some interesting flyfishing.

BD

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I remember this happening last year. Right around Dark it is nuts. Especially when you turn on the headlights. I'm really not sure how it affects fishing though. I've actually had both good and bad days when the mayflies are abundant.

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Last year I had the best topwater fishing of my life during a mayfly hatch in August. It was late evening up by Rice and the fish were surfacing all around me. I would see a fish surface and quickly cast a heddons torpedo at the spot and 9 out of 10 times they would hit it. The hatch wasn't real heavy though.

Nels

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Well, I have experienced crazy fishing during mayfly and caddis hatches out west. What I want to know is, do smallmouth on the river behave the same way during a hatch?

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My experience with hatches has been mixed. I have had great topwater fishing and another time the fish are completely turned off. I think it depends on size of hatch and how long it's been going on. Just an opinion, I'm definitely not an expert.

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Kind of off the subject, but I was out last Sunday morning and the mayfly spinners were all over and the flies themselves were thick in the branches of the shoreline trees. I saw a group of young mallards feeding on them...one would reach up and grab and shake the branches of the trees and then they would all race around and gobble up the ones that fell out...it was pretty comical!!! As far as the fishing...I caught 15 smallies in about 4 hours...biggest was 19". I've always had fairly good luck on the river when the bugs were around...but on Mille lacs it's just the opposite...my advice...keep fishing cool.gif

lt

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got out at 7:30 tonight. great fishing as usual. about 8:30 the white mayflies were everywhere. carp were feeding on the surface like crazy! havn't been out since last friday a.m. water is 5 inches lower. clearing up a bit so that's nice.

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I fished tonight between Montissippi and Ellison and it was pretty much a snowstorm from 8:30 on.

I went with my gut and tried to mimick those flies because I saw some surface action.

I tied on a 1/8 oz. white buzzbait and had some serious action on it in the dead water, but I had to go in because the flies were getting in my mouth and eyes.

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Eyeguy-

Where you fishing near Sartell? How bad where they? All over the inside of your boat and in your face bad?

Nels

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I was up by the dam for a while. not as bad as last year. they seem late this year also.

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