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Angler's Entomology Podcast


Welcome to the Angler's Entomology Podcast.  On this podcast and blog, I am documenting my re-entry into the world of entomology.   Join us as my wife and I explore the environment in which trout live and the insects and other creatures that live in and share that space.  This is not just a dry recitation of facts, I hope to bring these creatures alive - show you how they live, what makes them fascinating in their own right, and help you understand how they interact with trout in ways that will help your fishing.  So, please join us.  I hope you enjoy the program...

Links:

Selene's Blog and Page for Classic Streamers; and you can finder her interview on the podcast the Liar's Club. 

Angler's Entomology Quizup

 

Episode 27: Pics and Notes for Leadwing Coachman

Nov 8, 2018

Hi Folks - here are the pics and links for the episode about Isonychia bicolor.   We'll start with a picture of the nymph:

Where you can see it's typical minnow like shape.   You can see the hair on the front legs that is distinctive about this group, but here is a close up:

 

Those front legs are raised up and held into the current so passing algae, small critters, etc., in the drift are captured, and then gobbled up.   It is very distinctive and definitive - if you catch something with those front hairs then you got an Isonychia.   

Let's move onto imitations:

As I mentioned in the blog, Don Bastian has a nice page on his blog specific to these guys.   He has some very nice patterns I like - you can find that here:  

https://donbastianwetflies.com/tag/nymphs/

Another pattern I like - that is traditional, is Walt Dette's imitation of an Isonychia:

Where the pattern is:

Tail: Pheasant tail 

Underbody - mix of muskrat and red dubbing

Overbody - grey ostrich herl

Wingcase - mallard quill

Thorax - grey muscrat

Legs - Partridge

And here is Art Flick's dun variant:

It's nice and simple - usually tied on a short shank hook, but 

Tail: Dun fibers

Body: Stripped Red/Brown Quill

Hackle: Dun

where the tail and the hackle are tied long.

And then lastly, here is a link to the spinner pattern by Mark Lord.