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TroutnutJuly 23rd, 2006, 9:00 am
Bellevue, WA

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This season pretty much every hatch in the East and Midwest in the early to mid-season happened from 1 to 3 weeks earlier than the range of emergence dates published in most books should allow, because it's been such a warm year.

Was this the case in the West, too?
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
TaxonJuly 23rd, 2006, 11:38 am
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Plano, TX

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Don't seem to get out enough anymore to even form an opinion, and don't recall hearing any comments about delayed hatches this year.

However, I have posed your question to some professional flyfishing guides here in Washington with whom I have reciprocal links, and will forward you a summarization of their answers.
Roger Rohrbeck
TaxonJuly 27th, 2006, 6:28 pm
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Plano, TX

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Summarizing the responses I got to the question you posed was a bit difficult. However, for the most part, the respondents indicated this year's western hatches were either on time, or later than normal. The delayed hatches likely result from lower water temperatures associated with unusually good snowpack in many western drainages.
Roger Rohrbeck
TroutnutJuly 27th, 2006, 7:21 pm
Bellevue, WA

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Okay, thanks for checking on that.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
EwpJuly 30th, 2006, 5:51 am
Island Park, ID & Austin, TX

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We've been in Island Park, Idaho, near the Henry's Fork and Madison since June 5, and most hatches here seem to have followed the normal schedule. If anything, we're experiencing good flavilinea fishing on the Henry's Fork a bit later than I recall from prior years. Salmonflies, golden stones, green drakes, brown drakes and PMDs all seem to have hit the standard. The Callibaetis may have started a tad early on Hebgen Lake, but they are right on schedule now on the Henry's Fork.

For the record, this region had above average snowpack all winter long with temps that were about normal. Early season (May/June) was pretty damp with normal temps. The last month has been above normal in temp and pretty dry.


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