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Offline DRY

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Stone fly season
« on: March 29, 2021, 05:58:41 PM »
Monday is cleaning lady afternoon so I skipped out to the water...
Sunny day with a nice breeze from the NW...water temp 50-51F
River was loaded with sea gulls feasting on stone fly nymphs...you could see the flies emerging from the water...here is a picture of a stone fly nymph shedding its case on the bottom of a stream getting resdy to work its way to the surface and fly away...



Notice how similar the diminutive lure Al Winco developed called the Willie Wannabee looks a lot like a stone fly nymph in size, color and configuration.




Well today I started with minnow shaped lures and small tubes on my local trib and on the Susquehanna...every once in a while I could feel something nudging them but never a real good thump...not until I put on the Willie Wannabee

Wound up with an even dozen smallmouth all on that lure. It appears to me that both the sea gulls and the smallmouth were keyed in on the small emerging nymphs and that is what they wanted.

Biggest of the day was this 3 lb. 6 oz. gal



Most of the others were nice fish between 2-2.75 lbs



Guess it pays to match the hatch.
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Stone fly season
« on: March 29, 2021, 05:58:41 PM »

Offline Heavyduty

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Re: Stone fly season
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2021, 08:41:58 PM »
That's a good day of catching. Took me a minute to figure out the lure was hooked on a rod eye. That is a good match, thanks for the pics and detail. Planning on being up your way the first week of May
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Offline Phil Sweeney

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Re: Stone fly season
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2021, 08:39:20 AM »
Monday is cleaning lady afternoon so I skipped out to the water...
Sunny day with a nice breeze from the NW...water temp 50-51F
River was loaded with sea gulls feasting on stone fly nymphs...you could see the flies emerging from the water...here is a picture of a stone fly nymph shedding its case on the bottom of a stream getting resdy to work its way to the surface and fly away...



Notice how similar the diminutive lure Al Winco developed called the Willie Wannabee looks a lot like a stone fly nymph in size, color and configuration.




Well today I started with minnow shaped lures and small tubes on my local trib and on the Susquehanna...every once in a while I could feel something nudging them but never a real good thump...not until I put on the Willie Wannabee

Wound up with an even dozen smallmouth all on that lure. It appears to me that both the sea gulls and the smallmouth were keyed in on the small emerging nymphs and that is what they wanted.

Biggest of the day was this 3 lb. 6 oz. gal



Most of the others were nice fish between 2-2.75 lbs



Guess it pays to match the hatch.
Very nice!

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Re: Stone fly season
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2021, 08:39:20 AM »

 

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