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Morning hatch

John Gillio

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It was a pretty morning on the river today. A fog was just lifting. This was followed by one of the many hatches that take place along the river. These are some kind of small mayfly. Often times they are much thicker right around dark, to the point of being annoying. A biologist told me it is too bad this isn't a cold water stream, because it has all the bugs to be a fine trout stream.


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I wish the Driftless had hatches like that.

About once a year, I think in the fall sometime, thousands of those massive green & brown ones hatch. I haven't been on the river when it happens but the bridge over the Illinois river is coated with them. You see heaps of dead ones on the side of the road under the bridge lights. That would be a trout fisherman's dream come true.

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