A March terrestrial option?

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

  1. riseform

    riseform Active Member

    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. Bert

    Bert Registered Potamophile

    Whoa. That bug already looks like it was made out of 2 mm foam.
     
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  3. triploidjunkie

    triploidjunkie Active Member

    Cool. I don't think I've ever seen one.
     
  4. Brad Niemeyer

    Brad Niemeyer Old School Member

    Invasive or native?

    A quick search says native... That begs for a red foam fly with black accents
     
  5. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

    got some serious jaws, too!
     
  6. teedub

    teedub Active Member

    Hey, where a outs.. I live here.
     
  7. riseform

    riseform Active Member

    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. teedub

    teedub Active Member

    Thanks I may try them in the ponds I know.
     
  9. kelvin

    kelvin Active Member

    how big was it?
     
  10. riseform

    riseform Active Member

    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.