Mayflies and Lilacs

May 18, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

“To many trout anglers attuned to the cyclical rhythms of the streams, blooming lilacs herald the imminent arrival of the tiny yellow sulfur mayflies that are the third big hatch of the season after the popcorn caddis and Hendricksons.” Eric Sharp notes the coincidence of lilacs blooming and little sulfurs appearing at late afternoon in Michigan, replacing the frequent Hendrickson spinner falls. In the Detroit Free Press.