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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...


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Episode 28: Whitefly patterns

Dec 4, 2018

Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of whitefly nymphs or adults.  Last time we were fishing this hatch we were having so much fun I didn't take any pictures.  Something I'm still kicking myself for ... sort of...

But here are some flies you can tie up if you want to fish these guys - starting with Selene's whitefly nymph she designed:


Bead Whitefly Nymph

The pattern is:

Tail: Cream or Grey ostrich herl

Body - two yellow glass beads

Gills -ostrich herl tags pulled up from tail and lashed down between beads

Thorax - brown or tan glass bead

Wing case - turkey quill over brown or tan bead

Legs - remaining ostrich herl tied down. 

Eyes - plastic dumbbell eyes


Another cool whitefly nymph pattern can be found here - at the American Angler Magazine.  


Next is an idea from Thomas Ames, Jr. - a white usual, to imitate the adult.  I thought this was a great idea, so here you go:



Tail: Hare's foot - from between the toes

Body: Hare's foot dubbing

Wing: Hare's foot - from between the toes

A White Wulff is a standard fly to imitate a whitefly dun.   I'm kind of partial to Wulffs because Lee Wulff actually lived in this area of Maine for awhile - his kids went to the school that my kids are going to.   Anyway, I modified it into a parachute pattern - which I like as I feel it imitates the spinner or a cripple more effectively:

White parachute wulff

Lastly, Selene was tying up a bunch of Hexamongous for an order and we had the great idea of tying up a white one to imitate a Whitefly cripple.  We immediately called it a Honkeymongous, which is probably politically incorrect, but there you go.  This is in a size 14 - the previous flies are a size 12 or so, but a size 14 for this fly is right size with the longer tail/shuck, etc.  Here's the fly and the pattern:



Tail: Mallard flank feather fibers

Body: White or cream dubbing

Rib: Dental floss (split in this case to match the smaller fly)

Loop wing and wing: Mallard flank feather fibers


There you go - a pile of flies to fish your next whitefly hatch.  Enjoy