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David Sparks Ph.d Fire Bugs
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: April 13, 2017

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Larval stages of the chironomid midge can be found in almost any aquatic habitat, including treeholes, rotting vegetation, soil, and in sewage and artificial containers. Yuk. But, they form an important fraction of most freshwater ecosystems. They are often associated with degraded or low-biodiversity ecosystems because some species are dominant in polluted waters. Larvae of some species are bright red in color due to a hemoglobin analog; these are often known as "bloodworms".[7] Another name is Fire Bugs and It’s not easy getting a tiny midge in the face of a giant still-water trout, but if you master the technique, that trout will chew every time. Senior Deputy Editor Colin Kearns Field & Stream Tells us about a writer who got the ultimate midge education during a single day, and what he learned made him believe in the potency of these tiny flies for huge trout.

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