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Old 01-03-2011, 08:29 PM
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This is currently all the gear I have for gathering specimens in and around the waters I fish, and have a bad tendency to leave the net back at the car. What equipment do you use, if any at all to gather insects stream-side for closer study at home?

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I use similar jars, But Have not needed a net so far as all the insects I have caught were clinging to weed beds or stones in the river, or in a fishes mouth

one of the best things I have got from this is watching how the live insects move in the water and comparing dubbing mixtures to the live ones for colour matching

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Ya small nets can be a bummer, but a larger aquatic sampling net would be much better. The long cone and fine mesh helps keep mud out and bugs in. all u need to do is disrupt the bottom upstream form the net so everything flows into the net and u got bugs. theirs also jabbing that can be done these tend to get larger bugs and crawfish. a simple water bottle and some sort of mesh like pan or prospectoring pan to filter out rocks and such. lastly use a light and a glass pan to allow for better viewing of what you got. After all of that you just need a good id key for both adult and juvie inverts. I did this for a job for a few years and this is about the simplest way to get the best results. 70% isopropal for preserving anything you wish to keep.
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