Common Nymphs of Eastern North America: A Primer for Flyfishers and Flytiers

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Although the concept of &“matching the hatch&” has been central to flyfishing for 150 years, it has been used almost exclusively for dry flyfishing. With Common Nymphs of Eastern North America: A Primer for Flyfishers and Flytiers, Caleb Tzilkowski and Jay Stauffer Jr. take trout enthusiasts in another hatch-matching direction&—to the year-round underwater nymph &“hatch,&” which, in most cases, constitutes 90 percent of trout diets.

Successful flyfishers have at least rudimentary knowledge of the organisms that artificial flies imitate. The relatively few and very best anglers are expert at identifying and imitating nymph appearances and habits. A major hurdle to becoming expert at nymph matching is overcoming two major limitations that make these animals difficult to locate, capture, and identify: first, nymphs live underwater, sometimes burrowed into the stream bottom, and second, many nymphs are nearly microscopic in size. Common Nymphs addresses those challenges by including habitat and life history information regarding the nymphs, tips for their identification, and representative high-resolution photographs of more than thirty types of aquatic organisms and their imitations.

In the seemingly saturated flyfishing literature, this book offers something truly groundbreaking. With state-of-the-art microscopy and their years of scientific and practical experience, Tzilkowski and Stauffer provide readers an innovative close-up look at identifying and imitating nymphs that have been historically underrepresented in the flyfishing and flytying literature.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Nymph Ecology
1
Chapter 2 Caddisflies Trichoptera
9
Chapter 3 Mayflies Ephemeroptera
29
Chapter 4 Stoneflies Plecoptera
49
Chapter 5 True Flies Diptera
64
Chapter 6 Hellgrammites and Other Aquatic Arthropods
77
Caddisfly Attributes and Simple Fly Patterns
87
Mayfly Attributes and Simple Fly Patterns
90
Stonefly Attributes and Simple Fly Patterns
94
Dipteran Attributes and Simple Fly Patterns
96
Hellgrammite and Noninsect Arthropod Attributes and Simple Fly Patterns
98
Generalized Caddisfly and MayflyStonefly Anatomy
100
References
102
Index
103
Back Cover
113
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About the author (2011)

Caleb J. Tzilkowski holds a PhD from Penn State University in Wildlife and Fisheries Science and is currently an aquatic ecologist with the National Park Service.

Jay R. Stauffer Jr. is Distinguished Professor of Ichthyology in the School of Forest Resources at Penn State University.

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