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    Default Mayfly hatch on my home lake!

    Took one of my boys out fishing today. We stopped at my home lake, Lake Sahoma, and proceeded to harrass the over-populated, stunted, Crappie that infest that lake. I quickly noticed that there was a Mayfly hatch going on. There were some big yellow mayflies around.

    Are these "Yellow Sulfurs"?



    I'm thinking they're about a size 8?

    I know that there were LOTS of Bluegill stalking the emergers. I saw a whole bunch of 'gills swimming around. I'll have to go out there soon (like later today) with fly rod in hand and try to catch some!

    Can anyone recommend a good pattern for these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenOK View Post
    Are these "Yellow Sulfurs"?
    No. Probably some species of Potamanthus.
    Bob

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    Hi Allan,

    Given the color and size, my guess is that they are the Hexagenia Limbata. Sulfurs are pretty small mayflies. Bob may be right though, I don't know. I do know that hexs are found in your area.

    Regards,

    Gandolf
    Last edited by Gandolf; 07-30-2013 at 03:16 AM.

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    Looks like a hex to me. Everything in the lake will eat them.... it is a great time to be a fly fisherman. Anything close to the right size and color should work. Hares ear soft hackles tied on a longer hook seem to do well for a generic nymph (add black bead chain eyes), any mayfly looking dry fly pattern in a #8 and yellow.... yellow gurgle pops can be a lot of fun.
    The Green Hornet strikes again!!!

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    I DIDN'T THINK ABOUT YELLOW GURGLE-POPS!!! Dagnabbit! I have a couple of those in my box!

    I did go back yesterday. There are lots of Bluegill holding just under the floating crappie dock. I tossed a small popper around a bit, and caught a couple. I noticed that the the fish were slurping down anything floating on the top that looked buggy. I pawed through my box, until I found a midge emerger pattern that I had tied up early this Spring. The 'gills were just inhaling it! None of them were very big; most were just a couple inches long.

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