Stoneflies & Weather?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Entomology' started by Teenage Entomologist, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. Steve Call

    Steve Call Active Member

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    Preston, most years if I time my trip right the bushes along the river are full of salmon flies. Interesting, I've never seen birds go after them in the bushes though they would be easy targets. You do see swallows grabbing them out of the air when the females are flying upstream depositing their eggs

    At the peak of the hatch on a warm evening - right at dusk- the females will swarm and thousands of salmon flies will fill the sky. It is quite a sight.
     
  2. Teenage Entomologist

    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    Salmonflies also make quite a helicopter noise when they are flying. One of the least graceful flight attempts I've ever seen.
     
  3. GAT

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    Arlen!!! You're here! My favorite bug guy and macro photographer!

    Posting your photos here is very, very easy. Your shots have always amazed me as to how you get the bugs to model for you :) .

    Seems to me I recently read a chapter from your book in FFM...
     
  4. Arlen

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    Hi, Gene. Good to see you posting here, and I really appreciate the kind words. It looks like there are is a lot of interest here in the bugs of fly fishing; and some very knowledgeable folks like Roger to shed light on the subjects (to put it in photographic terms :)).
     
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    Yup, 27K members from all over the world means this place has a huge knowledge base. Now that you're posting it has increased that much more.

    Lot's of neat forums here. The Fly Tying Forum is also a wealth of information... the SBS section is great.

    Hope you continue to contribute.
     
  6. chewydog

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    Not all stones crawl out on the bank. From Rick Hafele:

     
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  7. Preston

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    Interesting, but there seems to still be some controversy as to whether the Yellow Sally actually does emerge in open water. Ralph Cutter, a very astute observer, is convinced that such reports are instances of ovipositing females being mistakenly identified as emergers.
     
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    Even if Rick has ran into some freakish stonefly theory? fact? the vast majority of stoneflies crawl out of the water. There's always some weirdass critter out there that just has to be different from all the others :)
     
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  9. rivlak

    rivlak Always an Adventure

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    Here is a stone fly we found on the Cowlitz River yesterday in rain and
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  10. Teenage Entomologist

    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    Nice Salmonfly man! There hatching here too on the Lower Sacramento River. My grandpa caught one about the same size a couple days ago.