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Hatches and Flies for Beaverdam Creek Tennessee
Beaverdam Creek has a huge diverse population of aquatic insects that hatch throughout
most of the year. Several mayflies and caddisflies reside in the creek that you wouldn't
expect to find in most Eastern Appalachian mountain freestone streams. Both Green
Drakes and Yellow Drakes are found in the creek along with several species of
The most consistent hatch is the usual Blue-winged Olives. There are several species that
hatch months of the year. The best hatches start in February and last through June.
There is a second hatch that occurs in October and early November.
Little Black Winter Stoneflies start the first hatches of the year in late January. These can
hatch into March. Little Brown Stoneflies (actually in the same family as the Little Blacks)
hatch in March and until the middle of April. The Giant Black Stoneflies start hatching the
third week of April. It can last for six weeks. The Yellow Sallies start a couple of weeks later
and hatch into the first of July. The Golden Stoneflies start about the last week of May and
can hatch until the last week of June.
Other than the BWOs, one of the first mayflies to start hatching are the Blue Quills. They
start about the first of March and can last until the middle of April. Quill Gordons start
about the same time and last about a month. The Hendricksons start hatching about the
first of April. The hatch last about a month. Easter Green Drakes hatch in late April. The
hatch is short, lasting only about a week or two at the most. American March Browns start
hatching near the end of April and last almost two months. Eastern Pale Evening Duns
start hatching around the first of May and last through June. About two weeks after this
hatch starts, the Sulphurs start hatching and last almost two months. Yellow Drakes hatch
in late July and August mostly in the evenings. There are some Light Cahills that hatch in
late May and June. Slate Drakes start hatching in late June and continue on through
September. Mahagony Duns start hatching in late August and last for about two months.
There are a few Grannon Caddisflies that hatch in March. The hatch last about a month.
Green Sedges are fairly plentiful in the creek. They normally hatch from about the first of
May through June. There are also some Little Short-horn Sedges that hatch near the
same time. The Cinnamon Sedges and Spotted Sedge species of caddisflies hatch from
about the first of May through July. These hatches are best fished just prior to dark, very
late in the day during the egg laying event that occurs most evenings. They are plentiful in
some areas of the creek. The Great Autumn Brown Sedges start hatching in October and
can last until December.
Summertime is terrestrial time and imitations of grasshopper, ants and beetles. Inch worms
also are plentiful and fall and get blown into the water. The terrestrial become important
about the middle of June through September. Craneflies are also plentiful and trout can be
taken on their nymphs year-round.
Midges hatch throughout the entire year but are most important during the winter.
Streamers are effective in Beaverdam Creek, especially when the water is slightly high and
stained. Imitations of sculpin, small minnows and small crawfish will work.
We recommend our "Perfect Flies". They are not only the most realistic imitations you can
purchase, they are the most effective flies you can buy. They have proven to work great
on Beaverdam Creek on every occasion we have fished it. If you haven't already done so,
please give them an opportunity to perform for you.
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