Posts tagged: stoneflies
FLY FISHING — I'm ready to take a few days off, but I'll leave this parting thought to help fly fishers decide what they should be doing with their free time in the next week or two:
Caddis action on the Yakima River has been good in recent weeks, but the insect hatch that makes the Yakima River a standout among the greatest trout rivers in the West is going to peak in the next two weeks.
The Yakima's summer stonefly hatch — triggered later than natural river stonefly hatches in part because of increased irrigation flows — rivals any stonefly hatch in the country, with incredible big dry fly action in the wee hours, according to the guides at Red's Fly Shop south of Ellensburg.
Read on for details from Red's.
FLY FISHING — As the story goes, stoneflies once were so prolific on the Spokane River the annual late spring “salmonfly” hatch would grease the city tracks and make the street trolleys slip.
We can only imagine what sort of frenzy such a prolific hatch of the huge, meaty insects would cause among the river's trout. Afterall, normally wary and sensible trout are affected by salmonflies much as men are altered by the presence of beer and boobs — they make them stupid.
I can't vouch for the salmonfly hatch of yesteryear, but I know that stoneflies are an indicator of river health. They don't do well in polluted waters, and they haven't been prolific in the Spokane River for decades.
But there are signs of hope, as Mike LaScuola shows with these photos.
“I found two of them in my radiation air sampling monitor on the roof of the Health District building, said the environmental specialist for the Spokane Regional Health District.
“I hope this is a good sign that the river is “cleaning up.”