Mayfly question

orangeradish

Eyes to the sky...
#1
I saw a mayfly on the little D last night. It looked to be about a size 16 or 18. It had clear wings and a clear body , 3 tails and a bit of bright red either near the head or tail of the slender body. (can't recall which.) They were doing the spinner thing of flying about a foot straight up and falling about 1.5 feet near riffly water at about 8:30 PM. I poked around a bit on the interwebs looking for an answer with no luck, so I ask you, hive-brain. What was it?

An afterthought. I wonder how irritated my wife would be seeing that I can remember all that about a tiny bug, yet consistently forget to take the trash cans to the curb.
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#4
Tricorythid mayflies are pretty small, 3-10mm
Leptophlebiidae can be pretty small, 4-18mm
Heptageniidae can be pretty small, 5-20mm
Ephemerella are pretty small, 4-15mm

These are all in the water, and not sure if they are local or not, my guide is from another region but recommended by a bug master that I trust.
Did the camera guy not have his camera? I know you caught some with your hat, but no photos? I tied some pretty small yellow sallies with a few wraps of red thread on their backass. I like fishing pattern because I like fish slime!
 

orangeradish

Eyes to the sky...
#5
Tricorythid mayflies are pretty small, 3-10mm
Leptophlebiidae can be pretty small, 4-18mm
Heptageniidae can be pretty small, 5-20mm
Ephemerella are pretty small, 4-15mm

These are all in the water, and not sure if they are local or not, my guide is from another region but recommended by a bug master that I trust.
Did the camera guy not have his camera? I know you caught some with your hat, but no photos? I tied some pretty small yellow sallies with a few wraps of red thread on their backass. I like fishing pattern because I like fish slime!
Good looking out, Ed. I Mumbled...er googled those bugs you mentioned. A few pics looked pretty close, but I'm not sure if any of those were it. I fish at that spot a few days a week. I'll shift focus away from blowing hooksets, and towards bug photos.
 

Bob Jones

Still truckless now farther away
#6
Look at you guys, One trip down the river together and you're both going buggy. You're off by two months they;'e July flies now and your wife would really be pissed and you would be grounded no boating for a month. I'm sure mine would be even less understanding after all I'm obbsesed with fishing. And all mumbles can think is tiny things. Good luck cominng out of this one stilll sane.
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#13
They are really awesome pictures and Taxon is the bug man extraordinaire. You should google Roger Rohrbeck and click his link in the signature box. If you like bugs, you'll really like this guy!
 

orangeradish

Eyes to the sky...
#15
How wierd is it that I think those are really awesome pictures? That ain't wierd, right fella's...right?
As long as ou were still wearing pants whilst looking at them, you're good.:rofl:

Noooooo...

Ephemerella dorothea are a lighter color with a bright red head

http://www.troutnut.com/hatch/458/Mayfly-Ephemerella-dorothea-Sulphur
Nooooooo.....

Okay, how about this?

DING DING DING! i think that's the bug. Thanks so much for the help. That was kind of like a police lineup.
Sir, do you see the bug that stole your wallet?
Uhh..are you sure they can't see me?
We're sure. Which one?
Uhhh, number 4 I think.
Good sir. number 4 step forward.
 

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