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The event of the season: White Fly Hatch

These are the flies to use for the upcoming White Fly Hatch on the Housatonic. In the center, a white pan fish popper, which is an experiment. Clockwise from top: White Wulff, Light Cahill nymph, Light Cahill wet, Miller, cream spinner. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

By the time you read this a mystical event of epic proportions should be underway on the Housatonic River.

I refer to the White Fly Hatch.

This burrowing bug, which goes by the moniker of Epheron leukon, is unusual among mayflies in that it emerges, mates, lays eggs on the water and dies, all in the same night (according to the Wisconsin Fly Fisher website).

That’s a depressing prospect for an ambitious mayfly, but for the Housatonic fly-rodder it is cause for joy and merriment.

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