Bring us your Bugs!
We have been steadily compiling
fly pattern photos and samples of local insects but
we have not taken that many photos of the living bugs.
One of our site visitors asked why the Local Insects
page was blank which led us to ask the same question.
So we are requesting that all of you please collect
samples of the insects you see out there on the stream
and bring them into the shop for identification and
to be photographed.
All information will be
compiled on this site with the photos and accompanying
text available for all to see. Never mind dredging up
the river bottom, we don't want people ripping out thousands
of nymphs. Rather we would ask you to take a small sample
jar/container and perhaps
a small aquarium net and capture any of the adult stages
of our aquatic insects as well as any terrestrials you
may encounter e.g. beetles, crickets, grasshoppers and
One thing that is important
in regards to insects that are to be photographed is
that you avoid crushing them or damaging them. Use dry
hands wherever possible and if you are trying to catch
a dun on the waters surface without a net lift it out
rather than grab at it. Place them in a dry container,
film canisters are ideal as are small Nalgene bottles
available from camping stores.
Please help us to help
you in this regard. If we all make an effort we will
quickly accumulate a huge library of knowledge available
to all who log on to our site or visit our shop. We
will identify them and include any other relevant information
on the site including Hatch Chart details and fishing
and fly pattern info. Any specimens brought in will
be used and it will help to make all of us better fly
fishers with a thorough database of local insects available
all year round.