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Southern Appalachian Insect Hatch Chart

Fly Hatch Chart North Carolina Smoky Mountains

 
 This will help you identify all the bugs and insects that hatch in Western North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and in the Southeastern United States.

FLY HATCH CHART

JANUARY

INSECTS EMERGENCE PATTERN
Dipterae Midge Afternoon 18 - 24 Gray Midge,
18 - 24 Olive Midge
Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 18 - 24 Blue Winged Olive,
18 - 24 Adams
Early Black Stone Fly All Day 18 Black Stone Fly Nymph
18 Black Adult Stone Fly
FEBRUARY-MARCH
INSECTS EMERGENCE PATTERN
Blue Winged Olive
Baetis
February - March
Early Afternoons - Warm Days
18 Blue Winged Olive,
18 Adams
Early Black Stone February - March
All Day
18 Black Stone Fly Nymph
18 Black Adult Stone Fly
Blue Quill
Paraleptophlebia Adoptiva
Late March
Morning to Early Afternoon
18 Blue Quill Wet & Dry
18 Adams
Quill Gordon
Epeorus Pleuralis
Late March
Early Afternoon
12 - 14 Quill Gordon,
Wet & Dry
APRIL
INSECTS EMERGENCE PATTERN
Blue Quills
Paraleptophlebia Adoptiva
Early April
Mornings to Early Afternoons
18 Blue Quill Wet & Dry
18 Adams
Quill Gordon
Epeorus Pleuralis
Early April
Early Afternoons
12 - 14 Quill Gordon,
Wet & Dry
Dark Dun/Black Caddis Mid-April
Mid-Mornings
14 - 16 Black Soft Hackle
14 - 16 Dark Elk Hair Caddis
MAY
INSECTS EMERGENCE PATTERN
Mottled Brown/Gray Caddis All Day 16 Brown or Gray Soft Hackle,
16 Brown Elk Hair Caddis
Hendrickson
Ephemerella Subvaria
All Day; Female Spinner
has Yellow Egg Sac
14 Hendrickson,
14 Red Quill,
14 Female Adams
March Brown
Stenonema Vicarium
Mid-May
All Day Sporadically
12 March Brown,
Wet & Dry
Light Cahill
Stenonema Ithaca
Afternoon - Evening 16 - 18 Light Cahill
Yellow Midge
Diptera
Early May 20 Yellow Midge
Gray Fox
Stenonema Fuscum
Sparse Hatch 14 Gray Fox,
14 Ginger Quill,
14 Gray Fox Variant
Sulphurs
Ephemerella Dorothea
Early May
Late Afternoon and Evening
16 - 18 Sulphurs,
16 - 18 Light Cahill
Black Caddis Early May
All Day
18 Black Soft Hackle,
18 Black Fluttering Caddis
Cream Midge Mid-May
All Day
20 - 22 Cream Midge
Blue Winged Olive
Baetis
Mid-May
Early Afternoon
20 -22 Blue Winged Olive,
20 - 22 Adams
Green Drake
Ephemera Guttulata
Late May
Evening
10 Paradrake,
8 10 White Wulff
Giant Stone Fly
Pteronarcys
Early May
Early Morning
4 - 8 Stone Fly Nymph
JUNE
INSECTS EMERGENCE PATTERN
Mottled Brown
Gray Caddis
Early June
All Day Sporadically
16 Brown or Gray Soft Hackle
16 Brown Elk Hair Caddis
Light Cahill
Stenonema Ithaca
Sporadically - Late
Afternoon and Evening
16 - 18 Light Cahill
Sulphurs
Ephemerella Dorothea
Late Afternoon and
Evening
16 - 18 Sulphurs
16 - 18 Light Cahill
Isonychia Bicolor Sporadically - All Day 12 Adams
Green and Yellow
Stone Fly
Late Afternoons 16 Light Green and Yellow
Fluttering Stone
Giant Stone Fly
Pteronarcys
Early Mornings 4 - 6 Stone Fly Nymph
Terrestrials All Summer Inchworms, Black Ants,
Beetles, and Crickets
JULY
INSECTS EMERGENCE PATTERN
Isonychia Bicolor Sporadically - All Day 12 Adams
Green and Yellow
Stone Fly
Late Afternoons 16 Light Green and Yellow
Fluttering Stone
Golden Stone Fly
Acroneuria
Early Morning and
at Dusk
6 - 8 Stone Fly Nymph
Light Cahill
Stenonema Ithaca
Sporadically - Late
Afternoon and Evening
16 - 18 Light Cahill
Terrestrials All Summer Inchworms, Black Ants,
Beetles, and Crickets
AUGUST
INSECTS EMERGENCE PATTERN
Isonychia Bicolor Sporadically - All Day 12 Adams
Golden Stone Fly
Acroneuria
Early Morning and at
Dusk
6 - 8 Stone Fly Nymph
Light Cahill
Stenonema Ithaca
Sporadically - Late
Afternoon and Evening
16 - 18 Light Cahill
Flying Ants All Day 20 -24 Spent-wing Black
and Brown Ants
Terrestrials All Summer Inchworms, Black Ants,
Beetles, and Crickets
SEPTEMBER
INSECTS EMERGENCE PATTERN
Light Cahill
Stenonema Ithaca
Usually at Dusk 16 - 18 Light Cahill
Isonychia Bicolor Sporadically -All Day 12 Adams
Flying Ants All Day 20 - 24 Spent-wing Black and
Brown Ants
Terrestrials All Summer Inchworms, Black Ants,
Beetles, and Crickets
OCTOBER-NOVEMBER
INSECTS EMERGENCE PATTERN
Deptera Midge October - November Afternoon 18 - 24 Gray Midge
Blue Winged Olive October - November Afternoon 18 - 24 Blue Winged Olive,
18 - 24 Adams