Tuesday, April 18, 2006

They're Back

Every year, about this time, the Hendricksons (Ephemerella rotunda) hatch on the West Branch of the Farmington River. Big deal I know, but the trout feed with abandon on these things and it's not uncommon to catch 20+ trout in an afternoon during the peak hatch, all on the surface with dry flies.
For a bug they're pretty and elegant looking, they must taste pretty good too because birds, bats and trout go nuts for them. Some times the birds will alert you to the presence of Hendricksons before you see a single trout rise and at dusk when the females Hendricksons dive bomb the water to lay their eggs you'll see bats swooping in on them.

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