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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
Pteronarcys californica

The giant Salmonflies of the Western mountains are legendary for their proclivity to elicit consistent dry-fly action and ferocious strikes.

Lateral view of a Male Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This dun emerged from a mature nymph on my desk. Unfortunately its wings didn't perfectly dry out.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Oldredbarn on Apr 20, 2010April 20th, 2010, 8:01 am EDT
I was fishing a pond yesterday over sad, sad, stockies in my float tube. I love the midge fishing on this pond and seldom get a chance to fish still waters. Anyway...I noticed, as I was watching for the hatching bugs, that there were a number of little spiders on the water. At one point I felt a small bite on my neck and there was one of these spiders. My question is, can spiders actually use the surface tension of a pond to stay above the water and is this a hunting technique that they employ? The pond had midges emerging all over it and there seemed way too many spiders on the water to be an accident...It wasn't that windy.

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Wiflyfisher on Apr 20, 2010April 20th, 2010, 8:15 am EDT
Spence, a lot of insects, like water striders, spiders, ants, etc. can use the surface tension to walk or run across the surface.. I have even seen large dock spiders running on the surface.

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