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SwerveMay 11th, 2008, 6:21 am
bliss new york

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Im new to fly fishing only been doing it for two years. Can anyone suggest any good books web sites dvds ect. on whats hatching and when any help would be greatly appreciated.
just learning
TaxonMay 11th, 2008, 7:12 am
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Royse City, TX

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I recently came across a book which does exactly that, The Fly Hatches by David Richey. It was published in 1980, and is no longer in print. However, it is available on the internet used book market for at a real bargain.

The book lists the hatches by state, specifying scientific name (common name), start date for hatch, duration of hatch, hours of peak activity, and best imitating fly pattern and size. For New York, it lists (21) separate insect hatches, (15) mayflies, (3) caddisflies, and (3) stoneflies.

I was in the process of developing an updated taxonomy for the book, but unfortunately, got temporarily distracted by some other higher priority projects.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
LittleJMay 11th, 2008, 7:29 am
Hollidaysburg Pa

Posts: 251
Hatches II Is another good resource, I got mine from amazon.
GONZOMay 11th, 2008, 11:23 am
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"Bear Swamp," PA

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The Hatch Guide for New England Streams by Thomas Ames (Frank Amato Publications, 2000) is a good little reference for Eastern hatches. It covers most of the important mayflies, caddisflies, and stoneflies, as well as a few incidentals (dragonflies, damselflies, true flies, and terrestrials)--lots of nice photos and useful information.

PS--The website at gives a number of stream-specific hatch charts for popular NYS waters. Unfortunately, they resort to the usual practice of using many vague common names (tan caddis, brown stonefly, BWO), which somewhat limits the usefulness of these charts.
SwerveMay 12th, 2008, 4:55 am
bliss new york

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thanks for the great info everyone. Roger i was able to find a copy of "the fly hatchs" and should be coming in the mail thanks for the help.
just learning

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