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Old 05-27-2019, 05:55 PM   #1
Pauly D.
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Gomphus dragonfly nymph

Have you guy's ever seen a gomphus dragonfly nymph? Holy cow they are huge! I got out this morning and was treated to one drying on my float tube bag. It must have just emerged because the shuck was right next to it. I gently picked it up and put it in a shrub next to the water. Poor thing was all wobbly and soft.

I tied up some this winter (#6) and thought they were too big but no way. In fact I think I need to tie them larger. Going to try finger twisting one off the bottom next time. I can see some big trout going after them.

Had a great day. Caught a bunch of trout on leeches and emergers. Lost a few too. Sorry no camera and hence no pics today. It was one of those magic days.
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Old 05-27-2019, 07:08 PM   #2
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Great day to be in the Addacks.
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Old 05-27-2019, 08:19 PM   #3
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Well done!I'm a big fan of dragonfly nymphs and fish them often. Since they have a two year cycle they're always available and the trout are used to seeing them. Tie some smaller ones (size 8) to imitate the younger year class.
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Old 05-29-2019, 11:42 AM   #4
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I did WNV sample collections for a few years when the virus first hit, and we used to get some dragons that were frightening for their size, they would definitely draw blood and leave you smarting if they decided to bite. Never had many mosquito larvae in the ponds and ditches that had the big dragons, either, they chow down on all life stages of the mosquito. I LOVE seeing a bunch of dragons when I decide to fish a pond, I know it will be a relatively bug free day.
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