Leech Lake sample


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Water temperature was 58 degrees F Saturday at Leech Lake, down from temperatures in the 60s the previous two weekends.

In the morning, fishing was slow for everyone I could see.

This sample, see picture below, was taken midmorning from a Rainbow trout
These looked a lot greener in reality than they do in the photo.

I am thinking perhaps these are chironomid pupa taken while emerging.

If so, perhaps the fly in this link would have been useful. ?




Indi "Ira" Jones
Yep, these are mids, and seeing little to no chroming indicates to me, that these bugs were not ready to molt out as adults for at least a day or two. These mids were likely sitting anywhere from 3" to a foot off the bottom, staging to rise at some point later. Thus the over all effectiveness of an accurate vertical presentation.


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Hi Jay-

What I'm seeing in your sample are two varieties of Chironomid pupae and one Biting Midge larva, as represented by cropping the following from your photo:


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