Fish photos


(Gressak) #222

Hit a wild brook this new years morning…hooked 2 landed one.
2019 Ice is broken with a nice little brook trout.

My insect ID is horrible…what is this guy?


(Mike Shelton) #223

This is a caddisfly (trichoptera). The species looks like the “Great Gray-spotted Sedge” Family: Hydropsychidae.
Scientific Name: Arctopsyche grandis. Second guess would be the “Cinnamon Caddis” Family: Hydropsychidae Scientific Name: Ceratopsyche bifida.

Gressak this is my best guess. When did you take the picture and where did you find the caddisfly (what state and what month). Also what was the weather like that day would be a big help (sunny, rain, morning, afternoon, hot,cold, etc…
Let me know and I can be a lot more accurate. I hope this helps some.


(Peder) #224

I’m not 100% certin (I’m still learning), but if it’s from a recent outing (I know that @Gressak has been out a few times the past week) and considering where he lives and has been fishing; I would guess it’s more likely to be dolophilodes distinctus or the winter caddis. If I’m wrong, I’m more than happy to be corrected.

If it’s from earlier in the year, then I would completely agree with you @Kookagee, as the cinnamon caddis is very common where @Gressak lives, especially during summer and early autumn.


(Gressak) #225

It was from yesterday. Funny in flight it looked like a caddis pattern fly…but on hand i had no idea what it was.

Sort of backwards perspective from a guy who knows some of the flies better than the insects they represent.


(Mike Shelton) #226

Peder,
That sounds good to me. :smiley_cat: The first one I mentioned turns out to hatch at a different time
of year. I looked up your caddisfly and that is differently a much better match than my 2 suggestions. I’m glad you find my error and I stand to be corrected. Thanks for helping me Peder. It’s nice to know you are covering my 6.


(Mike Shelton) #227

Gressak,
I only gave a guess and by no way claim “King’s Knowledge” on benthic macro-invertebrates. Peder saved me on this one. Both of my suggestions were way off. Sorry for the misidentification. I promise I will do better next time. The Winter Caddis belongs to the family: Philoptamidea.


(Gressak) #228

Keep in mind i had no idea…hahaha.
I am the Magoo of the flyfishing world…never an appology necessary.

Thank you for your replies…i appreciate them all.

To note too in the event of misunderstanding…the guy i am referring to in my previous note is me…and the caddis fly i am noting is a flyfishing fly not the insect. Like my recognition of the artificial is greater than the natural.


(Rob) #229


(Peder) #230

Nice colors on that one, Rob.


(Brian Miller) #231

My first Tenkara outing, May 2018


(David Walker) #232

Thanks for the pics & contribution to the forum Brian. Looks like your prior fly fishing adventures guided you to the right place to go for a very successful first tenkara fishing outing.


(Brian Miller) #233

Thank You. I did know where to expect fish would be but I believe that 2nd fish is the largest I’ve caught in that stream in the 10+ years I’ve been fishing it. I have to thank Tom Davis for his review that put me onto a good rod at a very affordable price, and John and Paul at Discover Tenkara for their YT videos and free email lessons on Manipulation that helped goad that guy into eating my fly. Fighting & landing it on a Tenkara rod in high water and current after keeping it from darting into the root ball it was holding in front of was a Total Blast!


(Gressak) #234

hahaha…awesome. Now you are ruined forever…welcome to the club and nice fish!!!


(Gressak) #235

went to the local stream. it was 25 degrees when I arrived but as the temps rose the fish became active.

All pellet fish. Had 2 browns that were about 15-16 inches and at least 5 inches tall…and stuffed with the pellets. They have only been in the river for about a couple weeks. The 3 brookies were nice. This one was a real chunker…about 12-14".


(Vladimir Bushclyakov ) #236

Stephan, as it is properly called this fish. My translator wrote stuffed balls.:grin:


(Gressak) #237

Фаршированные шарики-это точно…ха-ха-ха. Изображенная рыба - Salvelinus fontinalis. Рыба, которую я описал как 15 х 5 дюймов … Salmo trutta. Все эти рыбы были с рыбных ферм и посажены в реке две или три недели назад. Рыбные фермы кормят рыбу пищевыми шариками…вот почему они такие толстые и неестественные. Сальмо трутта были слишком отвратительны, чтобы фотографировать .

Stuffed balls-that’s for sure…ha ha ha. The fish depicted is Salvelinus fontinalis. The fish I described as 15 x 5 inches … Salmo trutta. All these fish were from fish farms and planted in the river two or three weeks ago. Fish farms feed fish with food balls…that’s why they’re so fat and unnatural. The Salmo trutta were too disgusting to take pictures .


(Brian H Smith) #238

It has been chilly here in the Midwest of the USA. A couple of weeks ago I had two days in the Wisconsin & Minnesota Driftless with a two other T rod anglers. Surprisingly on both days the fishing was better before lunch.

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(Gressak) #239

I fish contrary to the academic rules a lot. As in your note…I think this is what you are alluding to…fishing will be better in the winter in the afternoon. The idea being the water warms and fish will be more active…

Some of these academic rules are too simplistic or incomplete.

Your picture reveals a bright blue bird day. I suspect it was warm enough or the water was warm enough for snow melt. I see no ice and the banks touching the river are melted. Its either tailwater or somehow warm water…warm day…

In winter, I like to be around just as a hatch event happens. Sometimes its really early in the morning, just on the edge of the warmer temperature shift, the fish feed a little, then it shuts down. On a day with that high sun and shallow water, the fish might be more weary of predators if they are not feeding.

I love fishing winter. The snow absorbs and hides the noises of civilization.


(Peder) #240

@gressak & @mspaddler

I would counter this. In winter and spring, I think the fishing is most productive in the mid-morning to midday. The reason for this is that as the day warned up, snow and ice melt and thereby drop the overall temperature of the brook or river; thus driving down both fish and insect activity. Just my opinion.


(Gressak) #241

@Peder That makes a lot of sense. I dont know why the few texts I have read always note to fish afternoon in the winter. Perhaps the authors just want the good fishing for themselves…or the area they fish does not get a ton of snow…or snow melt.