A March terrestrial option?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Entomology' started by riseform, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. Red flat bark beetle (if my Google search is correct) found in Cle Elum yesterday. Apparently very resistant to cold temps.

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  2. Whoa. That bug already looks like it was made out of 2 mm foam.
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  3. Cool. I don't think I've ever seen one.
  4. Invasive or native?

    A quick search says native... That begs for a red foam fly with black accents
  5. got some serious jaws, too!
  6. Hey, where a outs.. I live here.
  7. I found that in a wood pile near Swauk creek. Interesting critter. They are not harmful to trees, eat invasive beetles and larvae by navigating their existing tunnels and can produce a natural antifreeze that allows them to survive extreme low temps. Given they winter under bark, I think I'd try them just downstream of an active beaver community.
  8. Thanks I may try them in the ponds I know.
  9. how big was it?
  10. From what I've read, they range from about 10-14 mm. This one was on the large side and I'd guess 14 mm was correct.

    I saw you're tying one in the beetle swap. Although not photographed, the underside was also red.

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