Fly Fishing for Trout Home
User Password
or register.
Scientific name search:

> > Water striders

NamfosNovember 19th, 2015, 10:19 am
Rockville, MD

Posts: 1
I'm a very sporadic visitor to this site, but I often send anglers new to entomology here. And IMO one of the best things here are the photos.

That being said, our club forum here in the DC area had this question posted:

Why don't fish eat water striders?

Secondarily, my experience with water striders on moving water, such as the Potomac, is that if water striders are present, fish will NOT be present. Or is this an old wives tale?

MillcreekNovember 19th, 2015, 10:59 am
Healdsburg, CA

Posts: 352

The reason water striders are not eaten is because of a scent gland on their thorax which evidently gives off a smell which is unappreciated by fish in general.

I've seen trout swimming below water striders. Not too commonly, but it happens.

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?"
-Albert Einstein

Quick Reply

You have to be logged in to post on the forum. It's this easy:
Username:          Email:

Password:    Confirm Password:

I am at least 13 years old and agree to the rules.
Most Recent Posts
Re: Montana Bound
In General Discussion by Wbranch (Troutnut replied)
Re: Fly fishing near Albuquerque New Mexico
In General Discussion by JJTrout (Taoski replied)
Re: Need hatch info for southern Indiana - is this even available?
In the Identify This! Board by Jmd123 (Taxon replied)
Re: Scissors
In Fly Tying by PESCATORE (Martinlf replied)
In General Discussion by Wbranch
Re: How did you start fly fishing?
In General Discussion by Summer_doug (Adirman replied)
Re: Low water trouting
In Fishing Reports by Partsman
Re: Indiana stream survey, Phase II
In the Photography Board by Jmd123 (Partsman replied)
Re: NH wet fly
In Fly Tying by Jvand (Partsman replied)
Re: Test to see if this works!
In the Photography Board by Jmd123 (Roguerat replied)