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OldredbarnApril 20th, 2010, 12:01 pm
Novi, MI

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I was fishing a pond yesterday over sad, sad, stockies in my float tube. I love the midge fishing on this pond and seldom get a chance to fish still waters. Anyway...I noticed, as I was watching for the hatching bugs, that there were a number of little spiders on the water. At one point I felt a small bite on my neck and there was one of these spiders. My question is, can spiders actually use the surface tension of a pond to stay above the water and is this a hunting technique that they employ? The pond had midges emerging all over it and there seemed way too many spiders on the water to be an accident...It wasn't that windy.

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WiflyfisherApril 20th, 2010, 12:15 pm

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Spence, a lot of insects, like water striders, spiders, ants, etc. can use the surface tension to walk or run across the surface.. I have even seen large dock spiders running on the surface.
John S.

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