First Quarter Summary for Eastern Spring Creeks





Winter trout tend to keep to the bottom of deep pools and become more active during midday. Fish the foot of long shallow runs. Some hatches do occur, for example midges and stoneflies. Try weighted nymphs or slow streamers. Sometimes the most effective nymph patterns imitate the largest nymph in the stream. Try sowbugs, Cressbugs, Egg patterns, Dons’ Sculpin, Crawfish & Wooley buggers.

January

Water temperatures in January usually remain in the low forties. We start seeing concentrations of Snowflies.

February

In early February water temperatures are around forty degrees.

Some hatches do occur, for example midges and stone-flies.

March

The first part of March brings temperatures in the mid forty's and the first Robins of the season.

M=morning; A=afternoon; E=evening

H=major hatch; S=sporadic; P=present

Red=important


PATTERN SCIENTIFIC NAME

TIME Jan Feb Mar

Behavior Location


MAYFLIES

Little Blue Quill or Baetis tricaudatus MAE H H

Blue Winged Olive

Swimmer flats

Iron Blue Dun Paraleptophlebia MA H

adoptiva

Crawler pools ,flats


STONEFLIES MA H H

Little Black Stonefly Capnia vernalis

crawler riffles, runs


DIPTERA

Midge, (Al’s Rat) Chironomidae MAE H H H

pools, flats

Craneflies

Orange Crane Fly Tipula bucomis P P

pools, flats, runs

TERRESTRIALS

Leeches Hirudinea P P P

Scuds

Dons Scud Amphipoda, Isopoda P P P swimmer, crawler pools, flats


Crawfish Crustacea P P P

swmmer, crawler pools and flats

FISHES


Sculpin Cotidae P P P

crawler, Swimmer pools, flats, run, riffles

Dace, shiners etc. Cypinidae P P P

swimmer pools

Suckers Catostomidae P P P

swimmer, rester pools, flats, runs

Trouts and Chars salmondae P P


P

Swimmer pools, flats, runs, riffles

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