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Wednesday, June 18,2014 OUTDOORS Mike Rahn My fishing friend John called one morning last week to compare notes on our recent fishing - or "wish-I-had-been- fishing" - experiences. He made a point of telling me that while out on the lake where his family's cabin is located, the early summer mayflies were beginning to make their appearance. This had not yet happened on the lake where we fish and boat most often, but l expect it soon. Insect hatches, like fish spawning, can vary in timing from lake to lake. Lake mayfly species are zommonly one-and-one-half to two inches in length, give or take, and when they make their annual emergence, the event is impossible to miss. If you're not there when the dusk or early darkness event occurs, you will find plenty of evidence the next day. Virtually every spider's web attached to dock posts, lawn furniture, or the eaves or other protected spaces on a lakeside structure, will hold imprisoned FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Bagley, Minnesota -- Page 13 Anglers welcome 'May' flies in June be the transparent "ghosts" eggs clinging to its slender . be dmpossible. The same kind as a "bubble:pack" single,-or an important to the largest game fish of other mayflies, clinging to window panes, cabin walls and trim, and other stationary objects. These are the "former life" of an individual mayfly, a transformation only slightly less dramatic and riveting as that of a butterfly. After living for months or years as a crawling insect on, or in, the lake bottom, the immature nymph makes a mad swimming dash to the surface, splits its exterior skin - its exoskeleton - across the back, and a delicate, clear-winged mayfly emerges. When its wings dry, it takes flight and heads for shore. There, within hours or days, depending on the species, the mayfly again molts its outer skin, and a nearly identical, now-fully-mature copy struggles and pulls itself out of the transparent outer shell. This final version of the mayfly is not quite a carbon copy of the empty shell it leaves behind. This final stage has no mouth parts, cannot sustain itself, and now has but one purpose remaining in life. That purpose is to reproduce. Thousands of its kind, within hours or days, will gather in a dense cloud, attempt abdomen, the female will drop to the water's surface, detach a cluster of eggs that will sink to the bottom, and the cycle will begin anew. To some people, mayfly time is unwelcome. "Crunch time," some call it, because the grass around lake cabins and homes can become so thick with these insects that they crunch underfoot when walked on. Crunch can also become "squish," especially where lake and river shorelines are near roads, and the lights over bridges and at intersections attract mayflies by the thousands upon thousands. Cars have been known to skid out of control when attempting to brake on a road surface made slick by tire- mashed mayflies. I have fished during mayfly hatches in the dusky evening hours, in middle to late June, in the shallows of lakes abundant with bass and panfish, when the surface was as dimpled with hatching insects as though it were raining. Bass and sunfish would hit many of them on the surface before they could make their escape on newly-dried wings. So programmed into mayflies can of action can occur when the mayflies return to the water to lay their eggs, though there will be fewer of them than when both males and females are hatching and leaving the water in their emergence. At times like this a fly rod shines, being able to cast lightweight floating imitations of insects - generically called "flies" - made of feathers and furs. But any angler can cast floating flies to rising fish with a spinning or spin-cast rod, using a clear "casting bubble," or a small bobber in a pinch, to provide the necessary weight to pull line off the reel during a cast. The fly. itself is best attached to a very ripe length of monofilament joined to the reel's running line, attached with a knot or swivel near the casting bubble. The best imitation fly would resemble a large mayfly. But when bass and panfish are hitting emerging insects on the surface, exacting imitation is often not critical. Any large fly that floats, like an imitation grasshopper, cricket, or caddis, may work. SinCe true fly fishing shops are few and far between over assortment, in a tackle shop or a box-box retailer that has a few token fly fishing items. : Depending on the nature of the lake bottom, at times the most effective way to fish a Mayfly event is to wade the shoreline in a pair of waders, since mayfly emergence is a shallow water happening. If the bottom is not firm enough for wading, a boat may be necessary. Or, taking a page from those who fish small hard-to-access lakes, a float tube - sometimes known as a "belly boat" - would be another option, requiring waders and swim fins. Besides offering a rather unique fishing opportunity, mayfly hatches are an indicator of lake health. A case in point is Lake Erie, Superior's "great" neighbor to the east. After a 40- year absence due to municipal and industrial pollution, clean-up efforts finally improved water quality enough that mayflies returned to the depleted waters of western Lake Erie in the middle 1990s. While some property owners and others consider mayflies a nuisance, they are an important food source for a number of as outright mayfly consumers, they are certainly importanV,o the forage fish on which the top food chain predators feed. Mayflies are just as important in rivers, too. That's the case in our warm water rivers where walleyes, bass, pike, muski and panfish swim, and in our cold water rivers and streams where trout are found. In fl, mayflies are even more diverse in their habits and adaptations in rivers, with different species adapted to living in quiet pools, mucky backwaters, or cholapy riffles where water tumbles o-r a boulder-strewn bottom. Mayfly imitations are, in fact, meat-and- potatoes lures for many tro fishermen in cold water streams, where one species or another may be hatching all througla  the season. So, the next time you hear the crtmch of mayflies beneath:tte soles of your shoes, or better yet, feel them beneath your bare feet, remember that there is an up-sie to these valuable members ofdle aquatic community. ,, ! mayflies, to find a member of the opposite these fish become, that catching much of Minnesota, passable game fish species, including .... .' Just as conspicuous will sex, and mate. With fertilized them on bait or bulky lures can fty substitutes might be found our state fish, the walleye. If not Itasca State Park Nature programs for June 19-24 Thursday, June 19 Animals of the Forest, Walk 3-3:30 p.m. Meet outside the front doors of the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Families, join the naturalist as we take a short walk and look for animal clues in the forest. Appropriate for young children; stroller friendly. Archery in the Park 6:30-8 p.m. Meet in the back lot of the Indian Mounds/North Picnic Grounds Parking Area Have you ever wanted to shoot a compound bow but didn't have one or were afraid to try? Join certified archery instructors for hands-on training and coaching on compound bows, then try out our archery range. This program is designed for beginners. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Bows are provided during the program. Personal archery equipment is not allowed due to weapons rules in Minnesota State Parks. Participants will be outside for the program. Be prepared for standing in the sun. Bring along sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, insect repellant and water. Program cancelled if raining. , Seasons . of ,.e Loon, Campfire 7:30-8:15 p.m. Meet in Bear Paw Campground (the grassy area near the tiny log pump house and campsite #70 near the bike trail: if rain-- program cancelled) Bring your blanket or camp chair as we gather near the shore of Lake Itasca, to dive into the seasonal life of Minnesota's State Bird--the Common Loon. Mosquito Creek CABINS CAMPING RV PARK HUNTING ATV & HORSE TRAILS PLUS MUCH MOREl VISIT US ON THE WEB: ONLY 15 MINUTES FROM BAGLEY Vinyl, Printed & Lighted Signs Banners. Logo Design Striping & Graphics Truck Lettering (2181657-2535 & IJAI Il Collision Repair Frame Slrnightening Fast & Free C0mpaterized Estimates I Ghss Replacemenl & Repair I - Towing Service Call Anytime I Septic Pumping Satellite Toilet Rentals (218)18546S2 Bagley, MN 56621 (Yesterday's meals on wheels) Dobson Floor Sanding 800-448-8260 Remember to bring s'more fixings for after the campfire talk! Friday, June 20 I Can Fish! Kid's Fishing Fridays 10:30-Noon (come and go at your leisure) Meet at the Itasca Fishing Pier, below Douglas Lodge Kids, bring an adult with you and learn the new skill of fishing. Ages 6-12. NOTES: An adult must accompany children. Bring your own fishing pole or use one provided (limited number). Poles are available on first come first serve basis. Artificial bait provided Non-Minnesota residents will need a fishing license (within the park, purchase at ltasca Sports Rental). Five Facts in Five Minutes 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Fish Near the Mississippi Headwaters (under the porch of the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center if rain.) Only have a minute to learn about Itasca State Park? Check out a unique feature at the naturalist station as you visit the Headwaters of the Mississippi River. Trees of Itasca, Walk Remember to bring S'more fixings for after the campfire talk! Saturday, June 21 Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Tour 10 a.m.-Noon Tour begins at the Levorsen Building located on the Pioneer Farmer showgrounds.* The showgronnd is located on the north side of Itasca State Park. Go out the North Entrance to Itasca State Park, turn east omo Hwy 200 for mile entrance is on the south side of the road. *Tour begins promptly at 10 a.m. Get a feel for the early 1900s community of Lake ltasca at the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Showgrounds (LIRPF). See the ltasca Historic Sawmill. Explore various buildings from a country school, dove-tail one- room log house and a logging museum. LIRPF volunteers will guide you on this tour. www. Five Facts in Five Minutes 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Bobcat Near the Mississippi Headwaters (under the porch of the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center if rain.) As part of the Northern C.L.I.C.K. (Conservation Lessons Involving Cameras and Kids) Triple Event Nature Day, wildlife photographer, Steve Maanum will focus on different techniques nnd ethical ways to photograph wildlife. He also will share more about the role of technology in wildlife research. Orchids on Parade 4:30-5:30 p.m. Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Classroom Our northwestern state parks are blessed with the rare beauty of native orchids. While common in the tropics their presences is limited to only 42 species in Minnesota. During early stmmaer some of the most interesting and attractive orchids bloom including Minnesota's State Flower the Showy lady's-slipper. Visit Itasca State Park for a short talk on Orchids of Itasca and then a short walk to search for either the yellow or the showy lady's- slipper. Frogs and Turtles, Campfire 7:30-8:15 p.m. Meet down by the lake side Museum/Amphitheater (below MeeI: Fores Lrm across., from Douglas Lodge Jim and Molly are returning to perform familiar folk and folk rock songs in historic Forest Inn. This Minnesota-based duo, with Jim playing acoustic guitar will share stories and songs and of course they will have to share the "Jim and Molly Bauer concert" collector T-shirts! Monday, June 23 Pack-a-Snack Story Hike: The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller 10:30-11 a.m. Meet at the front doors of the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. (If raining, the program will be held inside the Jacob V. 'Brower Visitor Center.) '* " Families with children .ages 2-6 years old, pack a snack irPyur,. backpack,and join a naturalist on a short hike in the woods to our destination which i/acludes sitting on a blanket, reading this week's story and enjoying a snack (if you- choose to bring one). This safe:, stroller friendly hike is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the park. NOTES: Adults must accompany children. 2-2:30 p.m. Only have a minute, to learn . ,e Wegmann Store Meet outside Forest Inn (across about Rasca State Park? Check I Ira" " , held in the from Ibotrl?Lfftt  "" ir,-. o'l/f  e ' tt :" a':rh, ' owr. Red pine, or.white pine? Paper, birch or aspen? Join the naturalist as we identify the common trees of Itasca. Fisher, Otter, Mink and More, Campfire 7:30-8:15 p.m. Meet down by the lake side Museum/Amphitheater (below the Wegmann Store Ruins). Cancelled if raining. Enjoy a warm fire as you sit back and learn about the weasel family. 218-694-2020 To save your tires stop at the BAGLEY " co00oP00oC :, and see Kerby for that FRONT END ALIGNMENT Replace those worn out Ball Joints, Tie Rod Ends and Idler Arms 1-800-879-2284 Garden Valley Telephone Company naturalist station as you visiUhe Headwaters of the Mississippi River. 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History Cart 2:30-4 p.m. (come and go .at your leisure) Meet outside Forest Inn (inside the lobby if raining) Discover more about this beautiful building constructed by the VCC in 1940! Learn about the Veteran's Conservation Corps and the depression era CCC program in Itasca State Park. Itasca's Music Under the Pines: Jim and Molly Bauer 7-9 p.m. Ruins). If Five Facts in Five Minutes Jacob V. 1:30:0 p.m4:!rees of Itasea a.-.m .'rN,e- ffe..dssgppi Headl'..(UOL,. tli ,porch of the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center if rain.) Only have a minute to learn about Itasca State Park? Check out a Ulaique feature at the naturalist station as you. visit the:' Headwaters of the Mississippi River. U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. Ornament, Kids Coloring Time 2:30-4 p.m. (come and go tl; Your leisure) Held in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Classrr0m Kids, come over and color a Minnesota themed .ornament to go to Our nation's capitol: The Chippewa National Forest, located near Itasca State Park, has been chosen to provide this years' U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree or "The People's Tree" that will be on display on the Capitol lawn. Your ornament might be placed upon a companion tree located inside the Capitol building :in, Washington D.C. Ornaments will remain on display in Itasca State Park until mid-October when they will be sent to D.C. with "The "Everything Electrical Heating & Cooling' Randy Wetenkamp Office: (218) 776-3995 Cell: (218) 556-5981 204Hwy. 92 SW Clearbrook, MN56834 clearbrooke& Kevin Sunderland Owner/Operator Bagley, MN 218-766-5103 Driveways, Parking Lots, Grading & Reshaping People's Tree." Tuesday, June 24 Aiton Heights Fire Tower Hike 10 a.m. - Noon Meet in front of Douglas Lodge Learn about the history of fire in Itasca, then enjoy the spectacular views as you climb to the top of the 100-foot tall fire towe! Circle Time Under the Pines: F is for Frog 10:30-11:15 a.m. Meet by the Museum Amphitheater (Look for a large blanket underneath a big pine tree}, below Wegmann's Store,(n the Lakeside Museum if r). Children 2-5 years old, come exp|bre and have fun at Itasca as we learh about frogs through stories, songs, crafts, and ldoor discovery. NOTES: Adults must accoriiiiny children. Consider bringing i pzcnic lunch and enjoying your noon meal at the park aer the program.  _ Five Facts in Five Minutes:' .a 2-4 p.m.: Wolves Near the Mississippi Headwaters the porch Mary. (under of the Gibbs Mississi?i Headwaters Center if rain.) Only have a minute to learn about Itasca State Park? Check out station as you visit the Hadwaters of the Mississippi River. Outdoor Kids---Trtlly Turtles 2-3:30 p.m. (come and go at your leisure) :.- Meet by the Swim BeaCh/ Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Le Itasca) Kids of all ages come out and explore nattn'e at your leisure  and h/tx;e flirt at Itasca while handbag out at the swimming beach or playground:, This program /'eries allows kids to connect with,m ture through crafts and other hanoi,-on activities. Topics vary with many of the programs focusing on life around the lake. These programs are free, biit a vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks. Vehicle permits (,$5 for a one-day pe/'mit or $25 for a year-round permit) can be purchased at the park. For updates, directions to the park, call 218-699=7251 or visit the park's web page at mndnrgov. RJK Electri Bob Klinkhamme. owner-operator Clearbrook, MN 56634 1218 776-2919 (218) 368-4254 - cell rjkes@gvteL corh  For all your residential, commercial and agriculture wiring needs. Call today! 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