BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND. Winds take hold and drop temperatures over the region, as strong northwesterlies sweep in a good deal of Canadian influence, and not in that good Molson/Tim Horton’s way either. While we’re well past May, we’re looking ahead to what mayflies bring to fishing – in terms of food, and challenge. Learn more in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A large hexagenia species mayfly rests on the gunwale of a boat.)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Fish should shake out of their funk by the back half of Monday, as temperatures warm and NW winds begin to weaken.
Today: Thu 6/22 – Windy, cool. Hi 76, Low 52, Winds NW @ 24 mph.
Tomorrow: Fri 6/23 – More of the same but cooler. Hi 66, Low 50, Winds NW @ 22 mph.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:49AM Sunset: 9:41PM
Moonrise: 4:51AM Moonset: 8:02PM
Overhead: 12:23PM Underfoot: Fol. Day
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (3% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 7:30 – 8:30PM. Winds will be streaming down from the north, and temps will start to take a dive, but your evening chances will be best with a strong moonset coming with a nearly new moon. Batten down the hatches and hit the water on those windswept bars and reefs to connect with a few under the start of the major moon phase!
LATE IN NAME. While the many different species of mayfly across the region are known under that one name, some of the heaviest hatches occur in mid-summer in July. Particularly in the lakes along the northern tier of the state, swarms of these large winged and long-tailed insects can create a feeding frenzy and make for very tough fishing if conditions are right for a hatch. Some hatches are so heavy, they show up on radar!
AW SHUCKS. Mayflies are extremely vulnerable at the time they take flight, and make their way from the water to land and ultimately to the sky to mate and beget the next generation. Getting stuck on the surface as they get ready to shed their nymphal form is one point where they enter the food chain, the other is shortly after they mate, lay eggs and fall back to the surface where they’re easily eaten by fish.
CHART NEW WATERS. Mayfly hatches drive a good portion of fly fishing bites throughout the United States. In various sizes from diminuitive tricos to massive hexes knowing when each species is present helps with fly selection and presentation. Check out some of these cool hatch charts which (depending on season variance from average) provide a good calendar to cast by.