Updates from June 9, 2005
Here I'm looking through the sampling net for interesting nymphs, some of which ended up on this site.
This looks like a normal lake at first, but it's actually a natural, shallow widening in the channel of a famous trout stream. On clear days canoeists drift through and watch small trout and suckers swim beneath them. Large brown trout lay hidden in the weeds, hard to catch during the day but a fun challenge for any angler willing to brave the mosquitoes.
A Canada goose and gosling poke their heads out of the grass along a trout stream.
A canada goose looks over some large, downy goslings.
Gnarled cedars twist out over a nice trout stream.
Cedar sweepers line the fertile spring creek headwaters of a famous trout stream.
Here I'm tying on a fly in the middle of a warm summer day. Despite the conditions, the trout responded well.
Male Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olives) Mayfly Nymph
View 10 PicturesThis male nymph is probably in its final instar (Instar: Many invertebrates molt through dozens of progressively larger and better-developed stages as they grow. Each of these stages is known as an instar. Hard-bodied nymphs typically molt through more instars than soft-bodied larvae.). The wing pads (
Wing pad: A protrusion from the thorax of an insect nymph which holds the developing wings. Black wing pads usually indicate that the nymph is nearly ready to emerge into an adult.) are extremely black and the large turbinate (
The wing pads on this final instar Baetidae
mayfly nymph are extremely dark.
Turbinate: Shaped like a top or elevated on a stalk; usually refers to the eyes of some adult male Baetidae mayflies which are wider near the tip than at the base.) eyes are very apparent inside the nymph's head.
This male Baetidae
dun has slightly turbinate eyes.
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