This large and widespread European upwinged fly is inhabitant of the stony rivers. Nymphs are stone clingers.
It is not sensitive to moderate pollution and temperature oscillations.
Large Brook Dun can be found near the bank, on the bushes, rocks and often on the water surface.
After final transformation in the adult insect, smaller groups of males and females swarms above the water.
Interestingly, the same species can be found in brownish and reddish color.
Flight period: april – june
Length: about 2 cm
There are two widespread species of february red stoneflies. First is Taeniopteryx nebulosa, which is inhabitant of slow and weedy trout rivers. Second is Brachyptera risi , which prefers stony and fast rivers.
This insect is one of the first in trout season. Hatches occurs from february till april. In some days trout can be ocupied by feeding with this juicy middle-sized stonefly.
Length: 1-2 cm
Body Color: Reddish-Brown
Wings color: Mottled Brown
In the late spring and early summer this is one of the most important stoneflies. It is widespread and abundant in most of the clear and cold rivers of Europe.
Adult female of Yellow Sally is often in the trout’s diet, because it swarms above the riffles and dips abdomen into the water to lay eggs.
It’s middle-sized stonefly with body length about 1 cm.
This is abundant and widespread stonefly in high-altitude European rivers. It’s always in the same habitat as trout and grayling. It prefers cold and clean running water.
Flight period is from march to may. Although it hatches on the banks and submerged objects, it is often on the water surface, so it is one of the most interesting stoneflies to imitate with artificial dry fly.
Body length is 5 – 9 mm.
This is widespread and abundant spring-time sedge from running waters. It hatches on the open water. Huge swarms can be seen above the high and mid altitude rivers. Waterside bushes and bridges can be buried with grannoms.
Length of the wings can vary between 6 to 11 millimeters. The body is grayish with green or brown tone. Characteristically, the female has a pouch with green eggs on the abdomen, which will lay walking under water.
Upwinged flies are the most popular insects in the fly fishing . There’s a reason for that: They are the easiest to see and there are plenty of types in different colors , which attracts our attention to its beauty . Although the late winter present numerous midges, we act like we don’t see them, but we get very excited when we see the first upwinged fly in the season – Baetis rhodani .
Subimago of this insect sail helpless on the water and this attracts the fish to feed in the atmosphere . Rising and splashing were able to see earlier, because the midges were on the water in the middle of winter, but… Now the real thing begins : A sailboats , who we follow to the moment when fish turn them into a bite . “Bluurrrpp!” So powerful ! After a long winter break , dry fly anglers are on the move again.
Size: About 1 cm + tails
1st Hatch: February-May
2nd Hatch: October-December
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