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The Great Hendrickson Hunt – May 9, 2014

May 09, 2014 – Wednesday morning I headed for the Little Ossipee river. It was my third trip over I figured I had a good chance of catching a Hendrickson hatch.  March Brown SpinnerWell – I saw Stoneflies, Caddisflies and Mayflies but none of the Mayflies were Hendricksons.

Big March Browns like this one danced over the water all afternoon and caddis appeared in waves pushed by the wind but no Hendricksons showed.  I might have missed them but I don’t think so.

The water temperature was 52-degrees when I got there Wednesday morning and it topped out at 55-degrees late in the afternoon.  That’s great for Hendricksons – but – the next morning the water temperature was 51-degrees and that’s not so good for Hendricksons.  Or at least that’s the way I remember it.

I’m leaning towards the Hendricksons are almost ready but not quite. They are waiting for two or three consecutive days of 52-degree or warmer water temperatures – morning temperatures – before the hatch begins in earnest.  Or said another way I sure hope I didn’t miss the hatch altogether.  I mean, heck, they hadn’t started last week and the hatch normally goes at least a week – normally two – it can’t be over – I couldn’t have missed it – could I?

I’m heading for camp tomorrow morning and won’t be able to hit the Little Ossipee again until the 14th or 15th.  If the hatch hasn’t started yet I should hit it because the water temps are right on the edge now.  If it started and ended in less than a week and I missed it altogether than – well – I just prefer to think it hasn’t started yet 🙂

Anyway, here’s a video showing you some of the stuff I did scuff up off the bottom and picture or two of some bug activity.

Oh, and there were trout.

Brook Trout