Photo Essay: The Mayflies of Spring

The delicate wings and ephemeral nature of mayfly emergences have captivated anglers for centuries. They’ve also served as all-you-can-eat, gut-busting, aquatic-insect buffets for trout since the dawn of timeā€”or at least since those wonderful fish showed up.

Hendricksons, sulphurs, drakes. You know the names, and you see them all the time, but have you ever actually looked at these bugs? I mean, really looked at them? Aliens, man. They look like delicious little aliens.

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