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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-15-2018, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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What type of bug?

I am really taking and interest this year to understand what types of bugs are living in the local streams I fish. Before I start tying a fly to mimic this big I want to make sure I know exactly what type of bug this is. I’m pretty sure this is a stone fly, can anyone else confirm?
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I believe the top one is a dragonfly nymph.

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looks like a stone fly larva to me.

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Looks like a stone fly to me. This site will be your best friend Stonefly Encyclopedia: 500+ photos, life cycles, & fly fishing hatches
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post #5 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-15-2018, 12:27 PM
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They are both mayfly nymphs. Notice that they have 3 tails. Stoneflies only have 2 tails.

Many mayfly nymphs have that brownish color and basic body shape.

Some common fly patterns along these lines : March Brown Nymph, Hendrickson Nymph, Sulphur Nymph, Hares Ear Nymph.

The most useful sizes are 16, 14, and 12.
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is there a book that explains the different bugs ,and what they would look like in a fly form ?
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This is the best website I've ever found for aquatic insect identification. The photos are really excellent.

March Browns

On the upper right you can select the broad categories of mayflies, caddis, stoneflies.

And you can search by common name, like Green Drake, grannom, sulphur, Hendrickson, etc.

There are many books on the aquatic insects and their imitations. I have a bunch of older ones, but I'm not sure which are the best ones currently.

If there is a good fly shop nearby, you might check with them about which book is best currently.
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This book would probably be a good start.




I've read some of the author's other books, and articles and they were all very good.

And the book is very reasonably priced.

Some things to keep in mind. There are HUNDREDS of mayfly, caddis, and stonefly species in PA streams.

Some flyfishers get way deep into that, because they find it interesting.

But it is not necessary to do that to get good at catching trout on flies.

You can catch a LOT of trout using common generic patterns, which may not imitate any specific pattern, but instead are general impressions of numerous insects.

Then carry specific imitations of the MAJOR hatches of the streams where you fish.

Even though there hundreds of species in PA, my local stream has only about 5 or 6 or so that I'd consider major hatches.

I think overall the number of trout caught on "generic" flies is probably greater than the number caught on imitations of a specific species.

The number of trout caught on flies like Parachute Adams, Wooly Buggers, pheasant tail nymphs, and Walt's Worms is very high.
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I kinda think its a sulpher fly nymph.
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Awesome information! After the comments, I’m also sure this bug is a March Brown (Mayfly Nymph)
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