This video takes a look at some Hellgramite Larva and Stonefly Nymphs (the real thing!). These are two of the largest nymph and larva insects that occur in Ontario rivers that are important to fly fishing. Stonefly nymphs cling to the undersides of rocks. Once they have matured as a nymph, stoneflies will crawl up onto the tops of rocks, above the surface of the water and transform into Large flying stoneflies. Hellgramites are quite a bit larger, and have a much different way of transforming from an aquatic insect into an flying insect.
This video takes a look at some caddis larvae and pupae (the real thing!) as well as showing a great fly fishing method called the dry and dropper that you can use the next time you are out on the river. The dry and dropper method is very useful when you can see rising fish but aren’t sure if they are taking emergers or taking flies right off the surface. You simply attach a dry fly trying to ‘match the hatch’ as best you can, and adding a nymph or emerger type fly pattern on a dropper from that fly. The dry fly will act as a strike indicator if a fish takes the nymph or emerger pattern. The patterns
Hard to see, but this was a massive hendrickson mayfly mating dance early in June of 2008. Mayflies hatch from the stream at certain times of the year and sometimes hatches overlap making it difficult for the fly fisher to decipher which fly to use. After a period of time, the mayflies that hatched enter a different phase of life. They congregate above the stream as a cloud of madness in a mating frenzy. Eventually you have the event that fly fishers wait for….the may fly spinnerfall.