Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Entomology' started by tkww, Mar 10, 2011.
Yes, that certainly sounds like an alderfly.
Here are pictures of an alderfly and my soft hackle imitation which has nailed a fish or two. Unlike caddis alderflies are not able to float and if they fall or get knocked down onto the surface they struggle a bit and sink and drown. Sometimes I grease my soft hackle a little, just enough to allow it to float, low in the water, for a short time while twitching it to simulate a struggling alderfly
Thanks Roger. Those were smaller, around size 14, I think, and a darker brown than the pics of the Alder Flies. (Thanks for the link, and also much thanks to Preston for his pics).
I have also seen some larger dark brown ones in early summer at the same lake that might be Alder Flies, since those ones looked about size 10.
I'll have to study them all a little bit closer this coming spring and summer.
I saw mating swarms this summer on Lone. I took a photo and posted it at this thread:
Taxon informed me they were Black Dancers. Thanks again Taxon