I could clearly see my size 10 mayfly nymph as it proceeded downstream, bumping and lifting off the bottom.
After the war he became physician to the Commonwealth embassies in Moscow and turned many a stone in search of mayfly larvae, to the bafflement of his footsore minders.
If so many people of our own time are among the greatest Britons who ever lived, are we developing the long-term memory of a mayfly ?
I selected a small gold bead mayfly nymph tied on a size 12 hook, as it was white and clearly visible in the murky water.
He could have added that they also consumed mayfly larvae, caterpillars, beetles, and ants.
Every day the sun sets behind blurred clouds of stonefly, caddis, midge or mayfly dancing against the horizon.
As larvae, the mayflies have spent two years feeding and growing underwater but now it is time for them to begin their brief lives in the air.
Although a lot of flying insects are referred to as ‘flies’ - butterflies, dragonflies, mayflies , and so on - the true flies belong to the Diptera.
The most important insects vary with the season but the bulk of them are either mayflies , caddis, midges or terrestrials.
Later in the year, when there are big hatches of adult mayflies and caddis flies, chub will position themselves on the edge of the current, ready to intercept the constant supply of food passing them.