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Hatches and Flies for Little Schuylkill River Pennsylvania
There are many hatches that take place on the Little Schuylkill River. The stream itself is quite
fertile because much of the water comes from small feeder streams that are very fertile. The
bottom is slick, indicating a lot of algae. Where you have algae, you usually have a lot of
net-spinning caddisflies and that is the case on the Little Schuylkill.
The season starts with winter stoneflies hatching in moderate numbers in the fast water
sections of the stream. In late June through mid-August you will find Golden stoneflies present.
From the first of August to about the middle of September, Yellow Sallies show up. Although the
stoneflies are present, they don't constitute the major hatches that takes place.
Several species of Blue-winged Olives hatch throughout much of the season. The larger
species of baetis and other larger BWOs hatch in the late Spring and again in the late summer
and early Fall season. Little BWOs of several different species hatch during the Summer.
Quill Gordon mayflies hatch starting around the first or second week of April and usually last
about a month. About the second week in May, the Hendrickson hatch begins and last two or
three weeks. Late May and early June usually brings about hatches of March Browns. Light
Cahills hatch during the month of June. Slate Drake mayflies hatch in late May and June, and
off and on throughout the summer until the first of October. The month of September usually
produces some good hatches of these larger mayflies.
Caddisflies are very plentiful. The Little Black Caddis, or Grannoms, start hatching near the end
of April and last through May. Cinnamon Sedges and Spotted Sedges hatch staring near the
end of April and last until the first or second week in September. Green Sedges are plentiful
during May and June. Several other minor species of caddisflies are present.
Terrestrial insects begin to be important in June. They can be effective through the month of
September. Of course midges are present year-round. They are most important when the water
is cold and nothing else is hatching. We prefer to match the hatches with our on "Perfect Flies".
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