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Hatches and Flies for Ridley Creek Pennsylvania
As mentioned in the introduction, this little stream has a big diversity and population of
aquatic insects. Late March brings on a hatch of Little Black Early Stoneflies. Blue-winged
Olives start about the first of April and the several different species hatch off and on until Fall.
There is a heavy hatch in late September and early October.
Quill Gordon and Blue Quill also hatch in sparse quantities staring about the first of April. The
Quill Gordon hatch is short but the Blue Quills last almost a month. The stream also has the
Hendrickson hatch about the same time period, although it is not all that prolific. If you
happen to be there at the right time, you can catch plenty of trout feeding on the emergers,
duns and spinners.
Little Black Caddis hatch in April, and around the first of May, Green Sedges start showing
up. Several other species of caddisflies hatch on Ridley Creek including the most prolific
ones - the Spotted and Cinnamon Sedges.
From about the middle to the end of May, Sulphurs will start to hatch. This is one of the larger
mayfly hatches. It last until about the first of July and sometimes a little longer. There are
Light Cahills that show up in June, along with Slate Drakes that continue to hatch in small
quantities until fall.
Terrestrials, especially ants and beetles, are good from late June until the first of October. If
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