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Mayfly Dun to Spinner Illustrated by Troutnut


When mayfly duns pop out of the water and fly away, they aren't yet officially "adults." They have one more step before they're ready to mate: to perch on streamside vegetation and molt one more time into the stage scientists call "imago (Imago: The sexually mature adult stage of the mayfly is called the imago by scientists and the spinner by anglers.)" and we call "spinner." This article shows step-by-step close-up photos of a Leptophlebia cupida (Black Quill) dun molting into a spinner, and it explains what's going on inside the mayfly. Read more...

An Isonychia Nymph Emerging by Troutnut


As I prepared to set foot for the first time in the Catskills' storied Esopus Creek, I noticed an Isonychia bicolor nymph crawling out onto a rock at my feet. I pulled out my handy little camera and started snapping pictures. Read more...

2012 Alaska Range Caribou Hunt by Troutnut


I backpacked several miles off the Denali Highway in the heart of the Alaska Range, searching for a bull caribou during the peak of the area's scenic majesty. Read more...

2014 Alaska Range Caribou Hunt with Dad by Troutnut


This year my dad accompanied me on my annual caribou hunt, and we found more adventure than intended.

We both kept journals during the trip. Anyone interested can read the story from Dad's perspective, too. Read more...

2014 Caribou Hunt - Dad's account by Dneuswanger


This is the account by Dave (Troutnut's dad) of the caribou hunt described elsewhere by Jason, with photos. Read more...

Editorials

In Defense of "Latin" Names by Troutnut


There is a rising chorus of curmudgeons who decry the use of Latin names for bugs, ridiculing the vocabulary contests we hold around the fireplace of their imaginations. In reality we use scientific names because they're the less confusing way to swap practical advice about the details of each hatch. Read more...

Identification gives Information for Imitation by Troutnut


Many anglers aren't too keen on entomology, and they pride themselves on catching trout without identifying any insect beyond the level of "little brown bug." That works surprisingly well, but different little brown bugs behave in different ways, and the trout adjust their feeding habits accordingly. Identifying an insect lets you find information about how it behaves in all its stages. This can be surprisingly helpful. Read more...

Are trout stupid for eating food with a hook in it? by Troutnut


I often hear on forums, "Hey, how smart can they be? They're eating something with a big hook in it." But consider their situation: odds are, you'd let a hook or two in, too. Read more...

Enough with Fly "Patterns" by Troutnut


Write about how people shouldn’t be so concerned with patterns, especially for imitating hatches. Instead, they should focus on learning styles of flies (Catskill, Compara-dun, etc) and learn the strengths and weaknesses of each for imitating different types of behavior under different conditions, and then create the right fly for their insect without needing to see it in a recipe somewhere. Read more...

Hatch Charts, Schmatch Charts by Troutnut


Article about how hatch charts are the wrong way to look at hatching, because (a) most minor fishable hatches encountered are species too obscure to show up on hatch charts, (b) regional generalization is always silly, because there are so incredibly many differences from stream to stream, (c) there are big differences in timing of superhatches from stream to stream. They are, at best, only a rough approximation to the general timing of the biggest hatches. Read more...

The Basics

Understanding the Taxonomic Classification System (Phylums, Genera, and All That) by Troutnut


Learn the handy system by which biologists arrange all living things. The Aquatic Insects section of this site will be easier to navigate, and make more sense, for readers who understand the basics of the taxonomic system. Read more...

About the Troutnut by Troutnut


Once in a while somebody asks questions about the guy behind this site, so I've provided the answers here. Read more...

Interpreting Hatch Information by Troutnut


Some important background information will help readers get the most out of information about fly hatches on this website or in any angling entomology book. Aquatic insects are complicated and unpredictable, and emergence dates, times, and habits often deviate from the "typical" behavior. Learn how to predict and understand the most common deviations. Read more...

What is Fly Fishing for Trout? by Troutnut


All of us have a friend, aquaintance, or spouse who thinks that's all there is to it and doesn't understand the hobby. This article is for you to wave in their face. Read more...

How to Get an Aquatic Insect Identified by Troutnut


If you're posting insect pictures on the Troutnut.com forum for identification, following these tips will greatly improve your odds of getting a successful ID. Read more...

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