What is a mayfly and why do fish love them?

You might never have fished with an artificial Mayfly, but this story will fascinate you nonetheless.

One of us came from the northeast and fished there long before they found out about snook, light tackle, bay grouper, tarpon, and redfish. In those days - the days of our youth - we were flyfishers in the spring and fall. In the winter we fished for flounder and in the summertime we fished for striped bass and fluke. But of all the fish we have caught and all the tactics employed, fishing small streams with light flyrods and insect flies has always held the warmest place. You can slip and fall and it's not the safest kind of fishing. But the smell and the feel and the fish are stellar.


This story came from The Telegram in Worchester Mass, and talks about - among other insects - mayflies:

For fly fishermen, the “Big Three” are back. For a few precious weeks each year, Hexagenia limbata, Ephemera varia and Potamanthus distinctus, the late-season goliaths of our local mayfly world, will provide epic connections to rising trout. When these mayflies emerge from their natal streams, their big, moth-size, fat-and-protein-rich bodies make them irresistible to every trout in the stream. Rings and rises are everywhere on the stream’s surface.

The whole story - and believe us it's worth reading even if you've never fished anywhere but Florida - can be found here. If you are a Florida-only angler or a salt-only angler or even a bass-fisherperson, the story of beautiful trouth and tiny tiny lures will fascinate you.

The Online Fisherman

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