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Rubinm01February 2nd, 2009, 9:11 am
new jersey

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I am intersted in studying the aquatic insects associated with fly fishing. The one question I have is....do they bite (or sting)?
Can you handle them bare handed?

I know, I am a whimp.
FalsiflyFebruary 2nd, 2009, 1:28 pm
Hayward, WI.

Posts: 656
I know, I am a whimp.


Here is a site you can scroll thru quickly. Pay particular attention to the section below Hemiptera and below Megaloptera & Neuroptera.

I can Bite
Falsifly
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."
FalsiflyFebruary 2nd, 2009, 2:12 pm
Hayward, WI.

Posts: 656
Iíll never forget the time I felt something crawling up the back of my neck. I reached around with my right hand and plucked it off between my fingers. I brought it around to examine it and nearly $#IT. It was a HUGE Dobsonfly. And to top it off it was after dark.

Or the time I was approached by a Game Warden on Coloradoís Blue River. What I believe was a Pteronarcys californica, landed on his ear. When he plucked the thing off and looked at it -------- he nearly $#IT.
Falsifly
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."
RleePFebruary 2nd, 2009, 2:45 pm
NW PA - Pennsylvania's Glacial Pothole Wonderland

Posts: 372
When I read the lead post on this thread, I immediately thought of hellgrammites. And as I paged down, I see they also crossed Falsifly's mind.

Once when fishing live hellgrammites for smallmouth as a kid, I caught a small rock bass who was hooked by the insect's pincers and was nowhere near the hook point.

So, while most FF related bugs are more like Ghandi than Ghengis, hellgrammites are or can be an exception...
JADFebruary 3rd, 2009, 7:21 am
Alexandria Pa

Posts: 362
I'm with you two guys (good company ) that's what I thought of, when they pinch ,you move pretty fast. And yea it's always very dark.

JaD

They fasten red (crimson red) wool around a hook, and fix onto the wool two feathers which grow under a cockís wattles, and which in colour are like wax.
Radcliffe's Fishing from the Earliest Times,
Rubinm01February 5th, 2009, 12:35 pm
new jersey

Posts: 2
Thanks for your replies. I'll be careful when I handle the "little buggers".

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