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06/20/08 – hatches – high water

06/20/08 – Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.  At least I wouldn’t want to drink it.  The water behind the shop right now is dirty – about the color of coffee with too much cream.  Ugly.  Water temperature is 61 degrees.  Hatches are good and the flow is above 39,000 cubic feet per second – so much for wading.

A call to the Dam Operator at the East Outlet tells us it’ll be high for awhile as the planned minimum flow out of the East Outlet is 7,000CFS for the next week.  Flagstaff is flowing at 6,440CFS, Moose River is 8,450CFS and so it’s safe to say the whole Kennebec Watershed is blown out from Moosehead to Popham Beach.

So that’s the river report.  Here’s the server report – the company that hosts our site has installed a new server and the recent problems we’ve been having should be over.  However, when they transferred the data over they lost last weeks post which had some good hatch information.  Luckily they didn’t lose the pictures from my picture file so I’m going to redo last weeks bug info.  Here goes.

There are lots of bugs hatching.  The Hendricksons are over, caddis have started, in a big way, and if we could fish there are enough bugs on the water to make finding out what they are taking into a real chore.  Here are some choices.Pale Evening Dun - Spinner Mayfly

Pale Evening Dun MayflyThe guy on the left is a Pale Evening Dun.  The guy on the right is the Spinner and both are often mistaken for Hendricksons because of the tomato colored eyes.  That’s understandable because they are in the same genus and the best clue as to which is which is that the Pale Evening Duns are smaller – more in the 14-16 range while the Hendricksons are more in the 12-14 size range.

When you look at the underside of a Pale Evening Dun another difference shows itself.  The Pale Evening Duns underbelly is a pale yellow to olive color – much lighted than a Hendrickson. Hatch time for the Pale Evening Dun is later than that of the Hendricksons.  Don’t look for Pale Evening Duns until 4, maybe, 5:00pm.

The spinner is another story though as they tend to darker as the picture on the right shows.  They get more of a reddish tint to them.  They also don’t fall to the water when egg laying – they dap their eggs into the water instead of dropping to the water and releasing the eggs after landing.

Cream Cahill Mafly DunAnother mayfly that is showing now is the Cream Cahill. Cream Cahill Spinner - MayflyIt is in the same family as the Light Cahill but hatches earlier and continues hatching longer than the Light Cahill.  The Cream Cahill is, as the name implies, cream colored while the Light Cahill leans strongly towards a yellow/orange color.

The Cream Cahill is another reason to be out on the water towards evening as they like a later hatch time than the Pale Evening Duns.  If you’re ever fishing the Pale Evening Duns and the fish seem to turn off try switching to a Cream Cahill – the Cream Cahill hatch will change the focus of the fish.

The spinner is a night owl and comes out after dark to lay eggs.  Actually, dap their eggs, would be more like it.  They don’t just land and drop their eggs they spread them around a little.  They’ll be around until September and you should be looking for them.

And finally here’s the March Brown. Or at least I think it is.  I’m not 100% sure of any of these but I do think this guy is a March Brown and they’ll be around for a couple more weeks.  Like the Cream Cahill above the dark eyes of this mayfly will lighten to a pale green after awhile.

The March Brown has distinct banding on the body (most patterns are tied with a yellow rib material) and two tails.  It is a larger mayfly and a size 10 hook isn’t too large.  They like faster water and have a lighter underside than to top of their back would indicate.  A good nymph is the Pheasant Tail and this hatch gives you a reason for carrying those size 10 and 12 Pheasant Tails.

The Spinner fall takes place before full dark and you should be looking for the spinner fall over riffle areas.

Well, that’s it for this week.  Remember the ponds – the river might be blown out but the ponds beckon.

March Brown Dun - Mayfly