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Hatches and Flies for the Jackson River Virginia
The Jackson River gets a lot of its water from small spring creeks and spring inlets into the
upper headwaters of the river. It has a high pH and a huge population of aquatic insects.
Starting at the first of the year in January, the first aquatic insects to hatch are the Little
Winter Stoneflies. They usually hatch through the first of March. In March and April you can
expect to find some Brown Stoneflies hatching.
Blue-winged Olives, consisting of several species, hatch from February through June and
then again in September through the first week or two of November.
Blue Quills are among the first mayflies to hatch. They normally start about the first of
March and last through the month of April depending on the weather. Almost the same
time, hatches of Quill Gordons will start occurring near the rifles. They usually are through
hatching by the end of April. Hendricksons start hatching about the middle of May and last
for about three or four weeks. They are one of the better hatches. There are a few Eastern
Green Drakes that hatch from near the end of May through the middle of June.
American March Browns will hatch from the middle of April until the middle of May. You will
find them mostly in the fast sections of water. Slate Drakes start hatching in April and last
until June. They reappear in September and last through October. Sulphur mayflies and
Eastern Pale Evening Duns both start hatching about the middle of May. The Pale Evening
Duns last for about three weeks but the smaller Sulphurs last on into the middle of July.
They are one of the better hatches that take place.
There are lots of Cinnamon Caddis and Spotted Sedges species in the Jackson River.
These caddisflies hatch from about the first of May into the middle of July. Different species
of them hatch again in September. Large Great Brown Autumn Sedges hatch in late
September and October. Green Sedges hatch in late May and June. The river has a huge
population of the Green Rock Worm larvae.
Scuds and Sowbugs are a part of the trout's diet in the Jackson River. Don't overlook
having imitations of them. Craneflies can also be plentiful.
Little Yellow Stoneflies, or Yellow Sallies, start hatching about the middle of April and last
through the month of June. The large Giant Black Stoneflies hatch from about the first of
June through mid July.
Don't forget to have plenty of streamers ranging from imitations of sculpin, baitfish and
crawfish. The river has plenty of smallmouth bass and large brown trout.
Starting in July, imitations of terrestrial insects become important. Ants, beetles and grass
hopper fly patterns produce until early October.
Don't forget about the mighty midge. This river is full of them and they hatch year-round.
They can become very important in cold water when nothing else is hatching.
We always recommend our "Perfect Fly" imitations. They are the best, most effective
flies you can purchase and use anywhere trout exist. Give them a try and you will be glad
you did. If you prefer, we also have many popular generic and attractor fly patterns and
they are sold at a very low price.
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