Hatches Made Easy:
Little Green Stoneflies - (Chloroperlidae Family) - Nymphs
Like most other stoneflies, the “Little Green Stoneflies” crawl out of the water to
hatch. When they do that, they tend to seek the nearest slower moving, calm
water to their normal fast water habitat. It is rare you will find their shucks on
banks where the water is swift against the bank. Imitations of the nymphs will
always be effective just before and during a hatch.
We show the Little Green Stoneflies as starting to hatch the first week of June.
There is actually a species, maybe two, that will hatch prior to that but the June
date for the start of the hatch is accurate form most species. You will notice that
the Golden stoneflies start to hatch about the same time. Also, the Little Yellow
Stoneflies, including the Yellow Sally, hatch during the same time period that the
Little Green Stoneflies hatch. I think that is one reason little attention is paid to
the Little Green Stoneflies and the other main reason is that some of the species
are confused by anglers as Little Yellow Stoneflies or Yellow Sallies. Some of
them appear more yellow than they do green but they are Chloroperilidae
With all the other stonefly activity going on when the Little Greens start
to hatch, it definitely pays to fish an imitation of a stonefly nymph. As with
most other stoneflies, you should imitate the nymphs migrating from their normal
habitat to the banks or rocks with adjacent slow moving water. The main thing to
remember, is to keep the imitation on the bottom. I would not use a strike
indicator. You cannot keep the nymph on the bottom using an indicator. Weight
it down and use a down and across presentation allowing the fly to swing all
the way to the bank. We have detailed the way you do this in a previous article.
Coming Up Next:
Little Green Stonefles - Adults
Copyright 2008 James Marsh
will teach you what you
need to know about
stoneflies and how to
imitate their behavior.