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Hatches and Flies for the Savage River Maryland
There are probably more aquatic insects in this river than we are showing below and on our
Savage River Hatch Chart. As soon as we can verify more we will list them but for now, this is
what we have confirmed to be present in the river.
Don't ever overlook the midges in the Savage River whenever you are fishing. Of course they
are probably more important in the winter when nothing else is hatching but you can catch
trout on larva imitations and pupa imitations almost anytime of the year.
The Blue-winged Olives are the first mayflies to hatch in the Savage River. They start as early
as the middle of March and hatch off and on through May. There is a second wave of them in
the late summer to early fall starting about the end of August and lasting until the middle of
The American March Browns and Light Cahill mayflies, both clingers, hatch from about the first
of May until the first week in June. Sulphurs hatch almost the same period of time but maybe
last longer into the end of June. Look for them in the pockets or calmer areas of water.
Eastern Pale Evening Duns, also clingers, hatch in July and August.
In May and early June you should find the Green Sedges hatching. Don't overlook fishing the
Green Rock Work, or Green Sedge Larva, at anytime of the year. The river has a large
quantity of them. The Cinnamon Caddis hatch for most of the summer months staring in the
middle of May through the month of July.
Little Brown Stoneflies hatch starting in March and last through April. Some anglers call these
little winter brown stoneflies. Yellow Sallies, or Little Yellow Stoneflies, start hatching the first of
June and last through the month of July. They become very important insects to imitate.
Terrestrials become important starting in mid June. There are plenty of beetles, ants and some
grasshoppers around the stream. They hang around until the first frost usually in October.
The inch worm flies work great here as the moths are very plentiful. Look for them to be
hanging from the trees from June through August.
Scuds are also very important. The river has a good population of them and they are one of
the most important foods for the brook and brown trout. Crawfish (Crayfish) are also very
plentiful in the river. The trout will eat the smaller ones.
Be sure to check our Perfect Fly Hatch Chart and select imitations for the period of time you
will be fishing the Savage River.
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