from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The large brownish aquatic larva of the dobsonfly, often used as fishing bait. Also called dobson, snake doctor.
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- n. Alternative spelling of hellgramite.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The larva of a sialid neuropterous insect, Corydalus cornutus.
Pick a bait (hellgrammite, small crayfish, minnow, cricket, or crawler — in that order) or lead-headed plastic, and cast to the head of the pool.
We got James Dobsonfly and his organization “focus on the hellgrammite”.
This is the trout-catchingest hellgrammite pattern I've ever encountered.
It looks like a size-nine hellgrammite wearing a pair of size-three wings.
After a time the hellgrammite comes to the surface and takes to the air as a beetle, but in that state he interests the naturalist rather than the fisherman.
The hellgrammite, a black, ugly slug to be found under stones in summer streams, is the most tempting bait you can offer a black bass.
A 1/32-ounce jig-and-plastic combo baited with a giant redworm, spikes, crab tail or piece of long green hellgrammite has worked best.
A small jig or hook baited with a giant red worm, small leech, hellgrammite or wax worm has worked best.