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Red_green_hSeptember 7th, 2019, 2:49 pm
New Mexico

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I was fishing on this private pond that was made from a diversion of Beaver Creek by the southeast corner of the Pecos Wilderness in New Mexico. Previous trips I did very well with parachute adam's and royal wolff's. I wasn't getting any bites and then noticed all the water striders in the water. I had read that trout don't often go for striders (don't know if true or not). I have never seen a "strider" pattern in any terrestrial section of flies. I put a black foam beetle on and the first cast I caught a 14" inch brown. The very next cast I caught the biggest rainbow I've ever caught in this area. He fought me so hard it bent the hook on the fly. So it seems to me that trout go after striders and I say this because the foam beetle I used had four legs coming off of it and it somewhat looked like a strider. Why are there no strider patterns, or is there and I just haven't found it yet?]< />12676
TaxonSeptember 7th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Site Editor
Plano, TX

Posts: 1311
Hi Ryan-

I believe the reason you have never seen a water strider pattern is because: a) water striders are so adept at avoiding being taken by fish that the fish learn early on that chasing them is a waste of time, and b): because fly tiers don't waste their time tying flies that are not productive. It is also said that water striders have an extremely bitter taste, but I have never been tempted to verify that for myself. :-)
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
AdirmanSeptember 8th, 2019, 6:19 am
Monticello, NY

Posts: 479
Yeah I’ve seen a ton of them on the Neversink and never have I seen a trout go after one
MartinlfSeptember 9th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3048
Yes, I think it's just a coincidence that there were water striders there and fish were taking a beetle. Trout love beetles, and seem to go for them everywhere. A lot of protein in a fat beetle, vs. a slim mayfly.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
WbranchSeptember 9th, 2019, 1:49 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2638
No trout don't eat Sliders. People do though.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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