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Hatches and Flies for the Rapidan River Virginia
Starting at the first of the year in January, the first aquatic insects to hatch are the Little
Winter Stoneflies. They usually hatch through the first of March. In March and April you can
expect to find some Brown Stoneflies hatching.
Blue-winged Olives, consisting of several species, hatch from February through June and
then again in September through the first week or two of November. Little Black caddis
hatch in late March and April.
Blue Quills are among the first mayflies to hatch. They normally start about the first of
March and last through the month of April depending on the weather. Almost the same
time, hatches of Quill Gordons will start hatching. They usually are through hatching by the
end of April. A few Hendricksons in the lower section start hatching about the middle of May
and last for about three or four weeks.
American March Browns will hatch from the middle of April until the middle of May. Slate
Drakes start hatching in April and last until June. They reappear in September and last
through October. In the lower sections, some Sulphur mayflies and Eastern Pale Evening
Duns will start hatching about the middle of May. The Pale Evening Duns last for about
three weeks but the smaller Sulphurs last on into the middle of July.
There are some Cinnamon Caddis and Spotted Sedges species in the Rapidian River.
These caddisflies hatch from about the first of May into the middle of July. Different species
of them hatch again in September. Large Great Brown Autumn Sedges hatch in late
August and last through most of October. This stream has a huge hatch of them. Green
Sedges hatch in late May and June.
Little Yellow Stoneflies, or Yellow Sallies, start hatching about the middle of April and last
through the month of June. The large Giant Black Stoneflies hatch from about the first of
June through mid July. There are a few Golden Stoneflies that hatch in May.
Don't forget to have plenty of streamers ranging from imitations of sculpin, baitfish and
Starting in July, imitations of terrestrial insects become important. Ants, beetles and grass
hopper fly patterns produce until early October. Don't forget about the mighty midge. This
river is full of them and they hatch year-round. They can become very important in cold
water when nothing else is hatching.
We recommend our "Perfect Fly" imitations. They are the best, most effective
flies you can purchase and use anywhere trout exist. Give them a try and you will be glad
you did. Our Great Autumn Brown Caddisfly pupa and adult fly was developed on the
Rapidan River Virginia
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