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EntomanApril 23rd, 2013, 3:58 pm
Northern CA & ID

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Another characteristic of western Salmonfly hatches that should be mentioned is their cyclic nature. In my experience, banner years aren't all that common and they have been on a down cycle for awhile now (back in the '80's there were years when the hatches were awesome). Also, as Dubbin mentioned they are unimportant on many watersheds, even though they are present. They seem to be most important on larger rivers where their populations are optimal. Rivers like the Madison in MT or the Deschutes and Rogue in OR are famous examples. In good years, these hatches can be prodigious, but they move upstream fairly fast and the fish follow them upstream like we do (except they're better at it). The fish do the same thing with the Hex. Another thing I've noticed is the flies that were deadly 20 odd years ago no longer work all that well. I remember reading somewhere a guide quote, "Try one of those different patterns of yours. They've been 'stimulated' enough already." How true...:)
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