Monday, June 05, 2006

Brown Drakes are Hatching

Standing along Silver Creek this past weekend, you could feel the anticipation. And then, as if by magic, the large mayflies began hovering over the meadow, and hatching on the creek. Thousands of insects everywhere, and trout smacking the surface to gorge on this bounty.

It's a great natural spectacle, one followed by fly fishers but spectacular for anyone who enjoys wild things and wild places.

The brown drake hatch actually occurs downstream of Silver Creek Preserve, on the Point of Rocks area (owned by Idaho Department of Fish and Game). It is just another of the many natural wonders on this spring creek to celebrate during the preserve's 30th anniversary season.

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