from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various fragile winged insects of the order Ephemeroptera that develop from aquatic nymphs and live in the adult stage no longer than a few days. Also called dayfly, shadfly.
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- n. Any of many fragile insects, of the order Ephemeroptera, that develop in fresh water, and live very briefly as adults.
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- n. slender insect with delicate membranous wings having an aquatic larval stage and terrestrial adult stage usually lasting less than two days
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A Wisconsin mayfly hatch shows up on radar like a storm.
Another important and widespread early-spring mayfly is the larger March brown, which hatches from late morning to early afternoon.
In March and early April, the bluewing olive, or Baetis, mayfly is common throughout trout country.
The Nant Fawr Stream that threads through the site provides a haven for further insects such as mayfly and stonefly and also a home to brown trout, eels and even the odd otter.
The trout become suicidal and just throw themselves at the mayfly which is why the two weeks when the mayfly hatch is on is always referred to as Duffers 'Fortnight.
Just a reminder: They're doing this to save the mayfly.
A little information on mayfly, caddis, and stone fly life cycles will help you become a better trout flyfisherman.
I also got one that was 17 pounds on the fly-rod during the mayfly hatch.
Happily for the press and pollsters, the public has the long term memory of a mayfly (lifespan one day).
Hit it hard before the aluminus flotilla hatch (aluminum canoes) and then spend sleepless nights chasing the hex hatch (hexagenia limbata mayfly) and listening to the whippoorwills in late June/early July.