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I know the Mayfly hatch tends to shut the fishing down on Erie, but when should it start happening.? I live an hour and a half away and would like to make the best of the few days I get to fish. Thanks in advance guys. FRANK
 

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Saw the first one today. There are SO many very hungry fish out there I think that you maybe OK this year. Try a "weapon" with a small brown/gold blade and a small piece of night crawler.
 

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Troll or cast it? Thanks!

I prefer to cast, if the wind allows for a good drift.

Given the right conditions I would run 2 rods with bottom bouncers and a harness with a bait float. I would cast with the weapon, trying different rates of retrieves to find the active fish.
 

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I know the Mayfly hatch tends to shut the fishing down on Erie, but when should it start happening.? I live an hour and a half away and would like to make the best of the few days I get to fish. Thanks in advance guys. FRANK
The hatch can make fishing better. When there is a big hatch just. Change up the program a bit.
 

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I know the Mayfly hatch tends to shut the fishing down on Erie, but when should it start happening.? I live an hour and a half away and would like to make the best of the few days I get to fish. Thanks in advance guys. FRANK
I feel it doesn't hurt the fishing much seems like the fish are a little higher in the water column. I put a small bead 3 ft above my lure most of the mayfly husks get caught on this and you're lure stays fishing below also helps with small pieces of grass learned this trick over 20 years ago works great
 

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I've done just fine on the river, during the hatches, in the evening. The fish seem to be all over the water column. I've looked down on the water with my headlamp on and seen the fish cruising just below the surface. I remember people telling me that they would run crawler harnesses 10 feet behind their boards during mayfly time and catch plenty of fish.
 
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