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DEADhead

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Been pretty slow in this forum lately, I can only imagine it's because you've all been spending time on the water. Things have been slowing down for me on the roughfish front since the redhorse spawn ended. Did some recon down near the river this evening in my back yard before the mosquitoes drove me away.

Blue Winged Olives:

male BWO spinner

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female BWO spinner

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March Browns:

female duns

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Still no sign of Hexagenia limbata. We're a few weeks behind on our hatches this year. The Straight should be bumping soon when those big meat-pies hit the air.

Brownies beware.

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Sweet pictures!

Here is some more fish food, pics were taken while out fishing by a friend and I.

DEADhead- I have a question for you or anyone who knows. I am not very good with my bugs yet, and I am wondering what "dun" and "spinner" mean when reffering to mayflies? Does it have something to do with the subamigo adult and then the complete adult after it has molted again? And are BWOs and March Browns just different species within the mayfly family?

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More fish food photos posted in the photo sharing forum.

fishcast, the dun and spinner phases are indeed related to the subimago and imago stages. mayflies are referred to as duns after the emergence from the nymph stage (subimago). Subimago adults are able to fly, but not yet sexually mature. They will either typically crawl of fly out of the water upon emergence, find a resting spot, and then molt again into the spinner stage (imago). Ephemeroptera or mayflies are the only order of insects to currently go through these stages before becoming sexually mature.

A good tip to tell a spinner from a dun, is that a spinner's wings are translucent, whereas a dun's wings are often opaque or grayish, hence the "dun" connotation.

BWO and March Browns are the name of fly patterns, and not the actual name of a genera or species of mayflies. Typically most Baetidae and some Ephemerellidae species are referred to as BWOs, and the species Maccaffertium vicarium is reffered to as a March Brown.

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