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Hammer Time
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 11:33 PM 02/14/05 (CST)
What do you do when the mayflies hatch?
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 11:36 PM 02/14/05 (CST)
This is the toughest time for me to catch fish.

are you fishing the mud?

any tips, would be welcome.
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 07:29 PM 02/15/05 (CST)
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Like most folks I try to avoid walleye during the mayfly hatch. However, I have hit it dead on during 2 Canadian trips and a week in the BWCA-every lake I touched had stacks of them. Here's a technique a buddy of mine from up around Eagle Lake ONT gave me several years ago that saved the day on all 3 trips. Take a spinner rig with a VERY SMALL spinner blade on the rig. Use a 1 hook rig with NO FLOAT. On the hook put about a 1 1/2 to 2 inch piece of crawler. I like to use a bottom bouncer with this set up as it keeps it a foot or so off the bottom. SLOWLY backtroll, drift, or whatever means is allowed on that body of water. The little tiny spinner with the 2 inch crawler looks A WHOLE LOT like a mayfly hatching and swirling up. Just like what they have been seeing and eating--a little color on the spinner blade makes yours a little more visible (and i think desirable) than the competition food. Couple of things: 1. keep the speed of movement real slow, just enough to keep the blade fluttering and spinning. 2. My experience has been that if you can find grass patches at the edge of the flats or areas where the hatch is at then you have found the magic magnet. Hope this puts a few in the livewell for you if you have to fish the hatch. Helped me to get limits a few times when others went home empty. Who else has a good tip for the hatch ?

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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 10:28 AM 02/21/05 (CST)
Oh yeah, another thing. Seems like a no brainer, but every little thing helps. If you have to fish the hatch and species that are keying on the insects for food the trick with the small spinners works well--But another thing is just to switch species until after it is over. For example, pike and muskie are not much affected by the hatch EXCEPT IN A POSITIVE WAY. What I mean by that is esox species do not feed on the hatch, except incidentally. So the bugs don't affect there food much in that way. However there have been times when I was fishing that the hatch concentrated the prey species (bluegill, perch, walleye, sometimes even bass)that were the table food for the muskie or pike in that system. You then are fishing for an active species with a good part of the puzzle already solved for you--they are located immediately with the fish feeding on the insects, or the very close surrounding area (weedbed/inside turn-first structural drop/suspended at the same level over the deeper drop...whatever is there) . You are now able to fish small specific high percentage spots and this has been very successful for me at times. Just an alternative option in the hatch if you want to leave the walleye/bass/perch/ as a target species. OK--I know there are lots of guys who have found successful patterns over the years to beat the hatch. Let's hear some success stories..don't have to tell where it happened--just some ideas to try on the waters where we fish--so come on guys, lets have some tips for beating the hatch.....

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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 11:55 AM 02/21/05 (CST)
Excellent information Fisher. This is the type of stuff that will keep users coming back for more. I appreciate your expertise and I am looking forward to more posts and hopefully an article or two when you get the time. Much appreciated!



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 12:07 PM 02/21/05 (CST)
Excellent observations and info. I am going to give this a try since I too always have trouble during the mayfly hatch.








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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 08:54 PM 02/24/05 (CST)
Thanks Fisher, you can fish with me anyday. I went fishing last weekend. and while driving to the lake I was listening to K-fan and tackle Terry was talking about perch puking up mayfly larva. “mid winter”. What's up with that?
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 01:33 AM 02/25/05 (CST)
That's interesting I'm assuming he was on Mille Lacs?
That sounds more like last year or the year before?

What I have found in the fish I've cleaned this year none of the perch were spitting up any bugs, and no helgermites, which I would normally see from perch caught in the mud areas I'v been fishing. Some had minnows in them others nothing.
I think these fish are going to be feeding very soon.

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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 09:16 AM 05/11/07 (CST)
What do you do when the mayflies hatch?
I break out the fly rod and fish for them in the dark.

For a minute there I thought you were talking fishing with the fat line cool smiley

It's one of the few occasions that fly anglers can catch walleyes quite easily on the fly. It's a blast at night. It's just sitting patiently until the water starts to come alive and then it's show time. We use big larvae type patterns like http://greatlakesflys.com/HEXNYMPH2.jpg. There are a lot of hours just waiting which seems like forever because you'll never know exactly when the bugs start to hatch. If anything its a site to see if you get a chance to see a major hatch.

You could put a fly on conventional tackle, but I also could put a mister twister on my fly line, it would work, but is it right and that a whole different debate smile smiley







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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 10:27 AM 05/11/07 (CST)
Hey Fisher ,great stuff.
I've fished Eagle .A flat on the east side called Prendible is an awesome area to drill eyes.
Crawlers work wonders up there.
Burn 2 flats in a week between 4 of us.Caught tons of eyes.



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