Wolf Tracks: Not all bugs are bad
They are called mayflies, caddis and stoneflies.
They are unique among insect orders in having a fully winged terrestrial adult stage, the subimago, which molts into a sexually mature adult, the imago.
Fly fishermen make use of mayfly hatches by choosing artificial fishing flies that resemble the species in question.
One of the most famous English mayflies is Rhithrogena germanica, the fisherman’s “March brown mayfly.” The brief lives of mayfly adults have been noted by naturalists and encyclopaedists since Aristotle and Pliny the Elder in classical times.
Reports have indicated that sulphurs are now emerging throughout many areas of the state.
I recall fishing the famous Kettle Creek, when both Sulphurs and Green Drakes were coming off at the same time.
I was fishing the catch and release area of the Kettle, and despite fishing the best patterns I could muster of the drake, the trout would snub them.
I tied on my best spinner pattern, and cautiously waited for a trout to begin sipping.
Another trout inhaled the fly as soon as it landed on the water.
To make a long story short, I was able to hook and land 13 trout that day, and lost another 5.