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Biblical Grasshopper Hatch This Summer

Plauges of Egypt

If you like grasshoppers, this is the year.  The United States Department of Agriculture is reporting that 2010 will have the largest grasshopper population since 1985.  Bad news for the farmers, unfortunately.  However, for us fly fisherman, it should be epic big dry fly fishing on the South Fork of the Snake and Teton rivers here in Idaho.  I can’t wait for late July and August to catch some lunker trout on big hoppers.

Following is a portion of an article by Field and Stream…

Hopper Shot

It seems like ranchers and farmers in the West can’t get a break. From drought, to hail, to floods, and fires, they’re always dealing with some natural disaster.  In 2010, the impending plague involves grasshoppers.  In fact, the United States Department of Agriculture predicts that certain states like Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming will see the largest infestation of grasshoppers in 25 years or more.  Only an unusually damp and cool late spring might stem the impending problem.  And that doesn’t appear to be happening.  Read the rest of the story here.

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