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Friday, July 27, 2012

OFF WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW - THE EMERGING SALMON FLY

Oregon's Outback.  It is beautiful.  It is wild, isolated, and serene.  It's one of our favorite places in Oregon.  While traveling southeast on Hwy 31 through this vacant and arid region, one would never guess that there would be a small beautiful river that passes through this harsh and somewhat desolate territory.  With rattlesnakes, high dry grass, thorny brush, and rocky terrain, the Chewaucan River is not for everyone.  

During our last trip, and by accident, we were able to see quite a phenomenon.  Since the fish don't always give up their feasting favorites while we're fishing, I often turn over rocks at the bottom of the river to see what type of "bugs" they are finding most flavorful at the time.  After pulling up a particular rock, I had to regroup when I saw a large black mass of legs and antennas.  Not one of being easily scared, this large bugger set me back on my heals.  It was a huge black salmonfly nymph about two inches long.  After regaining my senses and began looking around, they started showing up everywhere.  Crawling onto the river bank in droves and making their way to a safe spot on the shore.  What is so unique about these alien type bugs, is their life cycle.  They actually spend three years of their life in the water before they mature and make their way to shore.  Once on shore, it's only a matter of minutes before the 'phenomenon' begins.  Like taking off a coat, their old bodies shed and their new bodies bloom into a full-winged, orange-bodied adult salmonfly!  





Salmonfly nymph
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The beginning of the emerge process...




 



Process completed!
 

"Out of limitations, new forms emerge"  --George Braque

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1 comment:

  1. That poor little guy goes through all that molting process just to end up dinner for a fish! Oh well, he's sorta ugly anyways. I bet he's delicious!

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