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 Post subject: Mayfly hatch in October
PostPosted: August 21st, 2007, 8:45 am 
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I knew we had mayflies in North florida, but these came out by the 1000s, much like a hatch in the Carolina Mountains, or out west. Very tiny flies, maybe 16s or 18s. So thick that I had to cover my air intakes.


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 Post subject: Re: Mayfly hatch in October
PostPosted: August 21st, 2007, 10:43 am 
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David,

Are those fish on the surface swirling after the hatch?

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 Post subject: Mayfly hatch in October
PostPosted: August 21st, 2007, 1:12 pm 
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Warmwater fish rising to a hatch? Can't be. Against the natural order.

Still . . . a scientific approach may be needed to finally answer this question. One theory might be to offer these supposed fish swirls a size 16-20 natural para-adams or sulphur dry properly delivered by a 4-weight from a quietly paddled craft and placed gently for a drag-free drift. Of course the insects would have to be hatching, say, maybe in October sometime, or possibly later if the weather were too warm or excessive rains dirtied the waters.

Strictly a scientific hypothesis, of course.


 
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PostPosted: August 21st, 2007, 1:21 pm 
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I'm all for the scientific method. In fact, I have a 4 weight ready to test out the theory. Mr. Green


 
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 Post subject: Re: Mayfly hatch in October
PostPosted: August 21st, 2007, 2:23 pm 
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"had to cover my air intakes" Would that be your nose? or some equipment? Inquiring minds want to know.


 
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 Post subject: Re: Mayfly hatch in October
PostPosted: August 21st, 2007, 2:55 pm 
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R White wrote:
"had to cover my air intakes" Would that be your nose? or some equipment? Inquiring minds want to know.


That would be the holes in my head through which I exhaust CO2


 
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 Post subject: Re: Mayfly hatch in October
PostPosted: August 27th, 2007, 6:31 pm 
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Did you catch and identify any of those so called Mayflies?


 
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 Post subject: Re: Mayfly hatch in October
PostPosted: August 28th, 2007, 10:35 am 
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Robo wrote:
Did you catch and identify any of those so called Mayflies?


So-called, huh? See The Mayflies of Florida, By Lewis Berner, Manuel L. Pescador, 1988.


Callibaetis floridanus Form A

What I'd call a sulphur, but I'm no entymologist.

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