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    Cool Mayflies for ID

    If anybody has a photo of a mayfly and they would like to know what it is. I would be happy to try to help you with it. I enjoy trying to solve a puzzle or two.


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    Re: Mayflies for ID

    Quote Originally Posted by Stenacron man View Post
    If anybody has a photo of a mayfly and they would like to know what it is. I would be happy to try to help you with it. I enjoy trying to solve a puzzle or two.


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    Does knowing the exact species help me match the hatch or really is it size and general color? Frankly I don't give a shit what is flying around also long as I catch fish. No offense, I have some odd hobbies and interests myself.


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    Re: Mayflies for ID

    Sunsignarcher has a good picture of one in the first page of the 9 days in the winds post.


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    Re: Mayflies for ID

    Quote Originally Posted by Oliver10 View Post
    Does knowing the exact species help me match the hatch or really is it size and general color? Frankly I don't give a shit what is flying around also long as I catch fish. No offense, I have some odd hobbies and interests myself.
    All you need to know is size, color, and stage (i.e. emerger, dun, spinner) and hope that you have a match. Although, to fish the West Branch, you need to know latin names or they won't let you in.

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    Re: Mayflies for ID

    Quote Originally Posted by Trout Nazi View Post
    All you need to know is size, color, and stage (i.e. emerger, dun, spinner) and hope that you have a match. Although, to fish the West Branch, you need to know latin names or they won't let you in.
    Along with a tweed and breeks.


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    Re: Mayflies for ID

    Quote Originally Posted by Stenacron man View Post
    If anybody has a photo of a mayfly and they would like to know what it is. I would be happy to try to help you with it. I enjoy trying to solve a puzzle or two.


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    Could you start a thread, where you post pictures of perhaps all the.major Delaware River hatches, male and female, subimagos and imagos?


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    Re: Mayflies for ID

    Quote Originally Posted by Oliver10 View Post
    Does knowing the exact species help me match the hatch or really is it size and general color? Frankly I don't give a shit what is flying around also long as I catch fish. No offense, I have some odd hobbies and interests myself.
    That can certainly be true when mayflies are hatching through the film. But what if you arrive before the hatch and have no clue what hatches are common for the river you are fishing. The nymphs could be highly active and the fish on them under the surface. Which nymph in which size will you start with? IMO, it does matter if you know what the hatches are, at least the major hatches for the river(s) you will be fishing. The other option is to carry every fly you might ever need and a small seine net and spend some time sampling the bugs before tying on your flies. I like to know ahead of time what to expect so I am prepared the moment I get set up on the river after arrival. Do you need to know and spell the Latin names of each bug? No.

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    Re: Mayflies for ID

    Great questions. What I can say is from my collecting work.

    First if a stream your are going to fish is geographically in the same region as one you fish the most, then as long as the waters are similar you should basically find the same insects. To fish effectively and catch lots of fish you only need to see the color and sizes of the bugs with the greatest populations. Bring them home and tie flies that match. You don't really need to know much more than that. But, understanding insect ecology and behavior clarify the trouts feeding behavior. There is a video that I recommend to anybody to own. You can order a copy for under $20 buck. It is called the anatomy of a trout stream. It will explain everything in very simple terms and I have owned and watched it 1000's of time while tying flies in the winter.

    Get familiar with you favorite stream. Take pictures load them and we will work through them on your level one at time. All you need is a net, put in the water and kick the rocks around. The insect go into the net and it is that easy. A book to own which is a must book is HATCH'S II they tell you all bout everything on the most common mayflies found and fished.


    You don't need to learn the Latin names or the common names just know what the bugs look like. Knowing the names only helps when you are ready to know more from a research aspect or talk online with friends about what you saw on the water or in the air.



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    Re: Mayflies for ID

    I am in southern Ontario Canada so my flies are somewhat different. I can post tons of bugs but I can only suggest that you might encounter them. I will start a post called ---- "Mayflies you will likely encounter in NE America"-----

    That would be the best I think if that would help.




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    Re: Mayflies for ID



    and what is this one?

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    Re: Mayflies for ID

    All taxonomic descriptions are for a male and this is a female. But I just read through 3 descriptions and all 3 align with this as being Maccaffertium pudicum.

    The wings are the most important to align it. Pudicum have crossviens that are wider and darker than the longitudinal veins. I would say it is that species.



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    Re: Mayflies for ID

    Quote Originally Posted by Stenacron man View Post
    All taxonomic descriptions are for a male and this is a female. But I just read through 3 descriptions and all 3 align with this as being Maccaffertium pudicum.

    The wings are the most important to align it. Pudicum have crossviens that are wider and darker than the longitudinal veins. I would say it is that species.
    Dude, are you serious? Are you obsessed with this species? Cross veins, longitudinal veins, this reading aligns with this species......that bug is a Maccaffertium vicarium, better known as a Stenonema vicarium, or even better yet, known as a March Brown female spinner. How do I know?

    I dated her, it was short-lived since she was only in heat for a few minutes as she flew over the riffles in search of a mate, but she was good, very good.

    Lighten up, Francis.

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