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The mayflies of this family are known mostly for their curious shapes, but they can create excellent spinner falls, too. Read about Baetisca, the only genus in this family, for details.
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|Tnoetzel||January 14th, 2009, 4:44 pm|
|are these flies the flies we call batflies? They look like a size 12 may fly on the water but have a very stubby abreviated and robust body. They are becoming more and more a factor where I fish on the Au Sable River. Do these spinners retract thier tail section into the thorax?|
|Taxon||January 14th, 2009, 10:15 pm|
Site EditorPlano, TX
Can't say that I've ever before heard of them being referred to by a common name of Batflies. However, I suppose the the black wing color in combination with the scalloped trailing edge of their forewings do "slightly" resemble the wings of a bat.
|Troutnut||January 15th, 2009, 12:26 am|
|These are surely your batflies. I haven't seen that name before, but I'll add it to the common names for Baetisca on this site because it's a good one. They fit the description perfectly, and nothing else does.|
Their tails aren't retracted into the thorax or abdomen. They just have an unusual shape.
It's very interesting to see that they're a factor on the Au Sable, too. It wouldn't surprise me, given their importance on the Brule, which is a similar system.
What do you know about fishing this hatch? I'd love to hear some stories of Michigan batflies.
|Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.|
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
|Shawnny3||January 15th, 2009, 5:09 am|
ModeratorPleasant Gap, PA
|Bat is also a nice contraction of Baetisca. I suppose one could argue that it should be Baet, but that might lead to more posts about Latin pronunciations, and nobody needs that...|
Lee Wulff eschewed the dainty bodies typical of the dry flies of his day and tied his Wulff patterns with really prominent bodies. He claimed that fish seemed to like the meatier profile, and it goes well proportionally with the general bushiness of the Wulff patterns. I wonder if this is a reason fish like the Baetisca hatches - lots of protein per inch.
|Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis|
|Taxon||January 27th, 2009, 5:48 pm|
Site EditorPlano, TX
I suppose one could argue that it should be Baet, but that might lead to more posts about Latin pronunciations, and nobody needs that...
Surely you jest. We all need it. It's just that no two "experts" seem to agree.
|Falsifly||January 28th, 2009, 6:26 am|
You say caley-BEE-tis; I say caley-BAY-tis.
I do not know which way to say
Youíve got to love that exchange
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
|Martinlf||January 28th, 2009, 4:05 pm|
|Well, there's a good summary of the current scholarship on Latin pronunciation. Ave atque vale, Falsifly.|
|"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"|
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