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Hatches and Trout Flies for the Boardman River in Michigan
The most important insect that hatches on the Boardman River is the Blue-winged Olives.
There's more than one species and some of them are bi-brooded. The first hatch usually
occurs around the first of April and last until about the middle of May. There is a hatch from the
last week of May through the month of July. About the end of August they will hatch again. This
last hatch usually ends by the first of October.

Hendrickson hatch usually starts about the middle of April. This hatch last for about a month.
Blue Quills (called Mahogany Duns locally) will start to hatch about the middle of May. It usually
last about six weeks. American March Browns start to hatch about the middle of May. It last for
about a month.

By the middle of May, you may also find some Sulphurs starting to hatch. This hatch can last to
the middle of June. Brown Drakes start hatching about the first of June and last for about three
weeks. The middle of June you should find some Gray Drakes hatching. They can last up to a

About the second week of June and lasting until the middle of July, the Great Olive Wing Dun,
or what locals sometimes call the Hex hatch or sometimes Michigan Caddis hatch takes place.  
The Slate Drake hatch last about two months, or from around the middle of June until the
middle of August. In the faster water sections, you will find some Light Cahills. They hatch
starting the first of June until August 15th.

Caddisflies are also very plentiful on the Boardman River. There are many species but the
most important are species of the Cinnamon Caddis. They start about the first of June and can
last all the way until the end of August. Green Sedges start around the first of June also. This
hatch usually last about six weeks. There is more than one species of them. Remember, their
larva, or the Green Rock Worms, are around all year exposed to the trout. Imitations of them
work  just about anytime.

The first hatch of caddisflies is usually the Little Black Caddis. They will start about the middle
of April and last for around three weeks. There's some Great Autumn Brown Caddisflies that
hatch starting near the end of August. They hatch at night and usually last for about a month.

The Boardman River also has some stoneflies. From about March 15th until May 15th, early
black or Little Winter Stoneflies hatch. Of course these are usually found in the faster sections
of the streams. Yellow Sallies (Little Yellow stoneflies) are probably the most plentiful of them.
They start hatching around the middle of May and last until the middle of July.

Terrestrial insects can be important during the summer months. Ants are plentiful around the
stream from about the end of June all the way to mid October. The flying ants are usually
found from about the middle of August to the middle of September. Imitations of beetles and
grasshoppers will produce trout during the months of July, August and September.

Midges are around year-round and imitations of their larvae, pupae and the adults will produce
most anytime but the most important times are during cold weather when few other insects are

Streamers are very popular flies on the Boardman River. Imitations of sculpin, baitfish, leeches
all produce. They are very good flies for catching the larger brown trout, especially in low light
and dingy water conditions. Streamers also work great for the Steelhead.

At "Perfect Fly," we have specific imitations of everything that hatches on the Boardman River.
If you haven't already done so, please give our flies try. We feel confident you will be glad you
did. They are not only are the most realistic flies you can buy, they are the most effective at
catching trout.

Steelhead Flies:
You may want to have a large selection of small egg flies in natural colors such as gold,
orange, Oregon cheese, peach, and cream in hook sizes #8 and 10's. Our "Perfect Fly" Giant
Black Stonefly Nymphs in hook sizes 6 also work well. Our "Perfect Fly" Hex (Great Olive
Winged Drake) nymphs in a hook size #6 also work great. So do our Green Caddis larvae
imitations or Green Rock Worms in a hook size 12.
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