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Entomology Basic entomology for the fly fisher to help identify insects that one might encounter on the stream or in a stillwater.

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Default So, what do we have here?

I've been hitting the quills lately but I ran into these guys tonight, any ideas

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I put on a light hendrickson and did pretty good.

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I finally got into this old guy, it was allot of fun on my 3wt.

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Default Re: So, what do we have here?

Awesome fish.

Not exactly sure of the specifics, but its a mayfly of sorts. Someone here will know more for sure.
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Default Re: So, what do we have here?

I "think" it is Hendrickson (Ephemerella "X").
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Default Re: So, what do we have here?

That second photo would make a great magazine cover!!! Very nice!!!
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Default Re: So, what do we have here?

How large were the May flies?

If those were big (like size 12 big) I'm thinking some sub genus of the March Brown. I never went too far into the full identification thing, but when we had flies like that in a size 12 I knew them as the March Brown. When they were the same size but with the darker body and wing they were known as the Grey Fox.

Or.............Larry is right
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If those were big

They where almost a 12, Usually the Hendrickson hatch has come and gone by now (two weeks or so) and I thought the march browns where darker? It could be that I've got the two mixed up, I never could keep my bugs straight.
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Default Re: So, what do we have here?

Boy, I don't know Tim............the size sounds about right and I've seen them in various tone of color. At any rate, rather than worry over the species I would be dubbing up some body's about that color and winging them with light bronze mallard flank.

Then I'd go fishing
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Default Re: So, what do we have here?

That's what I do Ard, I was never very good at figuring out what type of bug it really was, especially not by the Latin name. I would just open my fly box and see what I had that looked close to what I saw, if there wasn't anything there, then I would tie some up before the next trip. Failing that, I used and adams or an EHC.

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My best guess is Ephemerella invaria (female), one of about 4 or 5 eastern mayflies commonly known as Sulphurs... time is right for them. Best hatch of the year in my old neck of the woods (SE PA).

If you tie, Google Tups Indispensable and swing it under the hatch if you have trouble getting them to take your floating dun imitation.

Beautiful brookie pic's by the way. I agree with yonder, that second pic is magazine worthy.
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Default Re: So, what do we have here?

It would be very early for sulfurs in northeast Maine.
From a report that I read just this morning, they're still fishing Hendricksons in the Moosehead/Kennebec region
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