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Hatches and Trout Flies for Big Bushkill Creek Pennsylvania
Bushkill Creek has several good aquatic insect hatches. Keep in mind, it is a tributary of
the Delaware River which has a huge diversity and population of aquatic insects. When
something is hatching, your are much better off trying to match the hatch in this stream
because the trout can become selective on some of the insects.
Blue-winged Olives are the most plentiful insect on the stream. The start hatching in late
March and continue off and on, depending on the species, until the middle of October.
You will find several species of stoneflies, beginning early in the year with Little Winter
Stoneflies. In March, Little Brown stoneflies will begin to hatch. There are plenty of Little
Yellow Stoneflies that hatch from the end of May through early July.
Blue Quills hatch starting near the first of April and last for about a month and a half. The
Hendrickson hatch occurs in late April and early May. It is considered one of fhe best
Sulphurs hatch in June and early July. The hatch is usually good enough for you to catch
plenty of trout from it. American March Browns hatch in April and May. Light Cahills hatch
in late May, June and early July.
Tricos start hatching about the middle of July. The hatch last until October. It is one of the
better hatches but they are not for everyone. They are tiny flies and difficult to see but are
very effective for those who practice using them.
Caddisflies are also plentiful on Big Bushkill Creek. The Green Sedge is one of the more
plentiful species. It starts to hatch in late April and last until the end of June. Its larvae are
known as Rock Worms.
Cinnamon Caddis and Spotted Sedges are also plentiful. Dark Blue Sedge are very
plentiful. Great Autumn Brown sedges are plentiful during the fall months. There are
several other species of caddisflies that are of minor importance.
Sculpin and baitfish are also very plentiful in the stream. These can be important at any
time of the year. Our Brown Sculpin fly works good in this stream.
Terrestrials can become important during the summer months. Beetles and ants are the
most abundant ones but there are also grass hoppers and crickets along the banks that
the trout can feed on when aquatic insects are in short supply.
As always, we recommend our own "Perfect Fly" imitations. We have nymphs, emergers,
duns, and spinners for all the mayflies that hatch on Bushkill. We also have larvae, pupae
and adult imitations of all the important caddisflies. If you haven't done so, please give our
flies a try. We have a repeat customer average of over sixty percent during our first year
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