For you and any others reading your thread, one of the best and easy to understand books on trout foods I've found is Dave Whitlock's "Guide to Aquatic Trout Foods". Dave not only wrote the script but drew all the illustrations in the book as well. It's easy to read and the pictures show the life cycle of each type of insect and other trout foods. It is guaranteed to up your game!
Skip Morris is putting on a class on this very subject at Peninsula Outfitter's in Poulsbo on Tuesday, January 26th @ 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. You can probably pick up the book there and get it signed.
Skip's mayfly book, Mayflies: Top to Bottom, has a number of great mayfly pictures. BUT, the bugs are not identified, a huge missed opportunity by Amato publishers. It would worth it if they could produce an errata sheet with IDs, as best one can do, for the pictures.
For general identification of stream bugs, look at sites / resources that focus on stream monitoring. The tolerance (or lack thereof) of many stream insect to anthropogenic disturbance make them great indicators of stream health. For example, the presence of stoneflies is a great indicator of clean, cold, undisturbed waters. On the other hand, midges are typically associated with impaired water quality. I use Hafele and Hinton's book, Guide to Northwest Aquatic Invertebrates when we do stream sampling in my summer Watersheds class.
Larry, There were several mayfly books that came out at the same period of time. Shanes and Hughes and a couple of others I'm not sure which he's talking about. I have Shanes because I found it marked way down and couldn't pass it up. I haven't read this one yet and I didn't compare any of them. I haven't seen a bookby Skip yet but he may have been one of the many at that time or maybe his is newer yet. Bob
I'm' 'going to have to look at Ralph Cutter's recent book. He writes quite well and he's supposed to have done the research for this book by scubba diving to see the bugs and the fish. I have his book Sierra Fishing Guide from when I took my dream trip to the High Sierras, and I enjoyed that. Bob
Well, I asked and you bug freaks are overloading me with options. I like it. Keep them coming. HUGE THANK YOU to WFF Member and all around nice guy Bill Dodd. He had two copies of one of his favorites and he sent one to me. He sent it on Thursday and I'm looking at it right now. Thanks Bill, awesome guy.
I downloaded and printed out Taxon's recommendation too. I punched, covered and bound it and I'll be looking at it regularly. I love the simplicity of these drawings of bugs. I think that will aid me in tying them, the simple drawings. Thanks Taxon!
Thanks to all with your suggestions. I hope that many others are reading and finding some of these titles to improve bug knowledge. Maybe some of my ongoing silly questions will help a few out there!