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THE "HATCH" IS ON, IT'S OFFICIALLY SUMMER...

Like the first snowfall of winter, the Mayfly "hatch" is a hard-to-miss marker of the summer season's arrival around the Midwest, especially on major lakes and rivers such as the Mississippi. The bugs people have seen the past few days are just the final, very brief stage of a life cycle that begins on river and lake bottoms. The pictures below were taken by Jason Matthew in Burlington, Iowa the night of July 2nd.