June 22, 2009

subdued solstice

The summer solstice came and went under the veil of a dank, sodden guise. Rain marked the afternoon mixed with temperatures in the mid to lower 60s, in celebration of the longest day of the year. Life in a northern climate.

The first major mayfly hatch in these parts was marked earlier in the week, when temps rose into the mid 80s. A prolific hatch of Callibaetis duns made their way up the bank from the river to my house, in preparation for their spinner stage. At one point I counted a dozen duns on my son's screen window. Mixed in were a few PMDs and March Browns. There have even been reports of hex hatching in the southeast part of the state.

Summer is officially here.

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