Several great superhatches come from this family. The Green, Yellow, and Brown Drakes all belong to the Ephemera genus. Hexagenia and Litobrancha contain the largest mayflies in North America and present tremendous fly fishing opportunities.Nymph BiologyNymphs of this family are nocturnal and their pale bodies sensitive to the sunlight. They build U-shaped burrows less than six inches into the stream bottom, where they feed on microorganisms in the fertile sediment. They come out of these burrows to molt up to 30 times throughout their development.
» Family Ephemeridae (Hexes and Big Drakes)
It common in this family for nymphs to live 2-3 years before emerging. This is very unusual among the mayflies.
Pictures of 55 Mayfly Specimens in the Family Ephemeridae:
3 Underwater Pictures of Ephemeridae Mayflies:
Date AddedJun 30, 2006
CameraPENTAX Optio WPi
Recent Discussions of Ephemeridae
Hex hatch water temperature range? 4 Replies »
Hi,ReplyWhat is the big DEAL about the HEX? 21 Replies »
New to the site - love it. I was wondering if there was a suggested range of water temperature at which the Hex likes to hatch.
fishing in the dark.......ReplyGreen Drake Hatch Temp? 1 Reply »
stepping in holes?
I hate the dark........
I don't need the hex........
Last reply on May 24, 2014 by Entoman
HiReplyMayfly larvae -wigglers preservation as bait 20 Replies »
I was looking for a water temperature range for the Green Drake hatch. Anyone know?
Last reply on Apr 29, 2014 by TNEAL
I am a fly fisherman but not a "purist". A friend of mine has a place on the UP of Michigan. He just called me and said a guy told him there is a way to preserve "wigglers." They use them alot up north, those that are not fly fishermen or ladies. They are fishing perch, bluegill and crappie. He heard there is a way to "blanch" them.Drop them in hot water for a few minutes and they turn rubbery. They then will keep indefinitely. Has anyone heard of this? If so, how close to correct is the procedure I mentioned??ReplyGD Shuck 10 Replies »
Thanks for anyone's help.
Jason's photo of a GD shuck suggests that at hatch time the backs of the nymphs may be a greyish or grey olive color. Possibly useful information, if this is an accurate surmise.Reply
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