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Brian314July 7th, 2019, 6:54 am
Fenton, MI.

Posts: 17
One summer (years ago) on the Au Sable South Branch (at Truettner's, to be exact) I kept running into these weird-but-beautiful flies - took me forver just to figure out what they were - was wondering if anyone has ever seen a trout take one ??
FalsiflyJuly 8th, 2019, 6:20 am
Hayward, WI.

Posts: 656
Yes I have but they were females ovipositing. The technique required would be dapping. Unfortunately they were laying their eggs under a thick very low hanging willow through which it was impossible to gain access. It was interesting to watch and I gave it some thought but had to move on.
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."
TroutnutJuly 11th, 2019, 7:53 am
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2553
The larvae are found more often in still water than running water, although that can include still-water sloughs connected to a river. I wouldn't be surprised if trout take a few, although I've never seen them in numbers that would make a trout selective enough to require an imitation.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
Jmd123July 12th, 2019, 4:38 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2398
Their larvae like iron seeps - places where Iron-rich groundwater comes to the surface, and makes that funky orange-yellow looking flocculent stuff called "yellowboy" (an iron oxide-hydroxide mixture). Find this, dig around in it, and you will find the larvae, and probably a few adults flying around too. They're cool and pretty!

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Brian314September 2nd, 2019, 1:34 am
Fenton, MI.

Posts: 17
Been fishing the HW and the SB a lot - haven't seen one in years - very cool though :-)

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