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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...


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


I'm setting up a new set of Quizizz pages to help you learn about different insect groups.  I'll be honest - the best way to learn insects is to look at a lot of insects.  So, give these a whirl and don't get discouraged if you do poorly.   Just try again every so often.   The quizzes will be tiered- so they will get more detailed and complicated as we increase in levels.   The first ones are just about learning the different orders.    

This first quiz is about identifying the four major aquatic insect orders

Quiz #2 is a continuation on Mayfly, Stonefly, Dragon and Damselfly, and Caddisfly Orders. 

This Quiz includes other orders of insects that are important to anglers, but is only the adults.  


Pics and Patterns for Episode 44: Cicadas and Leafhoppers

Aug 31, 2020

So here are some pictures, both of flies and naturals and links for Episode  43.  First, let me give you the link to Charles Card's contact info if you would like to book a trip with him on the Green River:

You can book him through Spinnerfall Guide Service

OK, let's look at some bugs and flies. 

Here are what eastern dog day cicadas look like.  These are the guys we see on a yearly basis up in Maine (although they are not nearly as common as further south):

Here are some closer views, both of a larger one and a smaller one (two different eastern species):

pinned cicdada

smaller cicada

In contrast here is what some of Charlie's Green River Cicadas look like:


Green RIver Cicadas

And here are some of Charlie's Cicada imitations he ties:

Charlie Card Cicada Flies

And for the literate trout (or sports):

Charlie Card Cicada Patterns

And here is a link on how to tie them:

Card's Cicada (variation)


OK, let's talk leafhoppers and spittlebugs now:

Here is a gorgeous leafhopper nymph I photographed just a few weekends ago.  I like it, not only because of the coloration, but also because you can see the short wings along the side - showing how those insects with an incomplete metamorphosis (depending on the species) look just like the adults but with gradually growing wings:

Leafhopper Nymph

This is a more typical color that you see:


And one of my favorites - the Red Banded Leafhopper.  I like these guys because they are also called sharpshooters.  

Red Banded Leafhopper

and lastly a specimen from my collection:

pinned leafhopper


Moving onto Spittlebugs - this is what you will typically see:

Spittlebug Nymph

and these are what they guys actually look like:


OK, let's move onto imitations:

For both spittlebugs and leafhoppers (and planthoppers and treehoppers) you can use Vince Marinaro's Jassid:

Body: Ginger Hackle trimmed on top and bottom

Wing: Jungle Cock Nail 

Here is a picture of one next to one I tied using a starling feather as a substitute for the jungle cock (given how hard to find and expensive legally raised jungle cock is).  You can, of course, substitute any feather you want - which may have a better pattern to imitate a spittlebug, for example):


As I mentioned I'm a big fan of Rod Yerger's Leafhopper:

Body: Chartreuse Dubbing

Wings: Chartreuse duck quill

Hackle: Ginger

Yerger's Green

Or you can tie them in brown (or any color) to imitate a spittlebug or brown leafhopper:

Yerger's Brown

Lastly, as I mentioned in the podcast, a small elk hair caddis would do fine.   Here's my imitation using red and chartreuse deer hair to imitate those red banded leafhoppers:

Body: Chartreuse Dubbing

Hackle/Rib: Grizzly Hackle

Wing: mixed and stacked red and chartreuse deer hair

Elk Hair Sharpshooter