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Hatches and Flies for the Kennebec River Maine
This diverse river has a variety of aquatic insects, crustaceans and baitfish. Little Black
Stoneflies are one of the first hatches to take place but they are usually gone by the time
the season opens in most areas. They start about the first of March and last through April.
Keep in mind this is a long river including ponds and tailwaters and the hatch times vary a
Various species of Little Blue-winged Olives hatch during the year. There's usually a peak
starting around the middle of May through June and another from about the middle of
August through September. You may find a few of one of the various species just about
any day of the season.
Quill Gordons normally start about the first of May and last until the middle of June,
depending on the section of the river. Brook trout eat them eagerly. Hendrickson hatch
about the same time or from about the first of May through the first week of June. March
Browns start about the first of June and last through the month. Light Cahill start about the
first of June and last on into the middle of July. They will be found in the fast water along
with the March Browns but at different times.
Little Yellow Stoneflies hatch from about the first of June into the first of July. These are the
most important stoneflies on the river.
There are a few species of Spotted Sedges. These caddisflies hatch from about the first of
April all the way through August, depending on the species. There are also lots of Green
Sedges that hatch during June and July. The green rock worm, or larva stage of this
caddisfly is very effective in the Kennebec River.
Ants are probably the most important terrestrial. There are plenty of grasshoppers,
especially in the lower sections of the river. You will also find some beetles.
You definitely need streamers to match the smelt if you fish early in the season. Also
streamers that imitate sculpin work great. Our Perfect Fly Yellow Marabou Sculpin works
great in the Kennebec River.
If you haven't tried our Perfect Flies yet, be certain to do so. You will be glad you did. We
have specific imitations of all the insects that hatch on this stream.
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Kennebec River Maine
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