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Saturday, May 17th, 2008

The wonderful thing about flyfishing is all the "additional hobbies" that comes with it.

One of my favourites is the insects - that is, the insects that trout and grayling like to eat. Mayflies, stoneflies, sedges, craneflies, beetles, ants, bibios etc.

Right now, this time of year, the diversity of hatching insects is at its top and on a good day in a good stream you are likely to see dozens of different insects on the water.

If you are allowed to do so, try and get in the water - leave the rod on the bank and take a big aquarium-net instead and catch some of the drifting bugs. In a hacth, it's easy to catch hacthing mayflies and sedges and there nothing like watching a mayfly struggle in your hand to shed the nymphal shuck and transform into a delicate, flying insect.

I also have a stream-net - a cool little gadget with to colapsible rods and a net that goes bewtween them - also known as a kick net. You can hold it downstream of your self as you kick a little here and there in the weeds to catch dislodged bugs, or if you have your mate with you, walk a couple of yards downstream of him or her.

Another important gadget is a little, white dish to out the bugs in - white makes it easier to see them. If you want to photograph them, use a grey one instead!

A wonderful way to spend an hour or two on the stream before the hatch brings fish to the surface!


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