Video: The Mayfly Life Cycle for Dummies

Here’s a helpful how-to video from Ben Sittig, a.k.a Huge Fly Fisherman, all about the everyone’s favorite aquatic insects: mayflies. He walks you through the life cycle of these fascinating bugs, an understanding of which will help you with fly selection and presentation. In typical Huge fashion, there are a few snarky jokes thrown in, but the focus is on the useful information. Stick around for the end, where he discusses what’s going on with aquatic insect populations worldwide and why anglers should be concerned about protecting clean water in streams.

For the past year or so, Ben has been making longer-form, experience-based videos, so I’m glad he’s come back to this format, where he breaks things down in simple terms.

The mayfly spinner often has transparent wings, long tails, and a slender body.

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