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Old 03-14-2017, 11:41 AM
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Default New Hampshire Mayflies

I'm a senior at Souhegan High School in Amherst, NH. All seniors at Souhegan are required to do a big, year long project on any topic. I've always loved fly fishing, which I learned from my father, and decided to do my project on fly tying. Specifically, I have decided to tie the life-cycle of a mayfly.

My questions are: what types of mayflies are indigenous to NH? I imagine there are many kinds, so I guess what kinds of mayflies are specific to the southern, inland part of NH? What materials should I get too tie these mayflies?

Thank you.
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Old 03-14-2017, 01:17 PM
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I think if you did blue wing olives (baetis), hendricksons and hexegenias you would have a good cross section.
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Old 03-14-2017, 09:35 PM
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Get a copy of Fishbugs by Thomas Ames and Aquatic Entomology by WP Mcafferty. Great pictures and great info on life cycle of aquatic bugs including Mayflies
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Old 03-15-2017, 03:09 AM
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Another good book for what your doing would be Hatch Guide For New England Streams by Thomas Ames Jr.
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Old 03-15-2017, 08:00 AM
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The above mentioned books and many more are available at the Diamond Library at UNH.
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Old 03-16-2017, 06:39 AM
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Along with all of the aforementioned good info, you can/should stop in to Stone River outfitters on rt101 in Bedford and talk to Dan and Nate. Or there's Charlie at Evening Sun in pepperell if that's closer. Any of them will be happy to answer your questions.

Good luck
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Old 03-18-2017, 05:11 AM
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You might want to start with The Mayflies (Ephemeroptera) of New Hampshire which covers all 121 species of mayfly in NH; including sampling by rivers.

That will give you the species of the local mayflies. Then you can search Mayflies

and cross reference for the fly pattern.

Good Luck.

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Old 03-19-2017, 08:20 AM
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Thank you all for the help and the suggestions! This is great help and I can now move along with my project.
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Old 03-21-2017, 06:58 PM
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Default Mayfly Life Cycle from Bugs of the Underworld
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