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Old 16-05-2017, 11:06 AM
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Soldier palmer-Grenadeer.

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Best place I know for shieldies is the Lake of Menteith in autumn. Good numbers of the fiery brown ones, and the fish love them, despite the stink thing.

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As John says, a fiery brown hopper usually does the trick when the fish are on them.

I see the green ones about the garden, but don't ever find them out on the water or inside fish...

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Gutting a trout that has feasted on these is not particularly pleasant.

A fiery brown hopper in 10 or 12 is usually all that is required
Eating said trout would be far worse methinks.
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No,Taste/smell.tends to stay with the stomach

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Hi, Bughunters in general; the Shield Bug has importance to our Welsh cousins who fish some of the llyns ( lakes , lochs, loughs) and reservoirs of their native land -- I seem to remember hearing that in the right season copies of these distinctive beetles are killers on Clywedog, for example. Perhaps one of our Welsh contributors could expand on that? Nice images, as ever. jadaTC
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Clywedog is well known for its Coch y Bonddu beetle hatch. Due very soon. They appear when the ferns start to sprout. Can be sporadic but when they do hatch, the sport is superb.
Last year whilst fishing, I saw a shield beetle on the water. At the time I had no idea what it was but, a Coch foam pattern worked a treat.
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Just to be pendantic shield bugs are 'bugs', not beetles. True 'bugs', including shieldies, belong to the order Hemiptera, and have sucking mouth parts. Beetles are in the order Coleoptera. To put it in perspective, shieldies are no more closely related to beetles than we are to bats or dogs.

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Brian Harris published a specific Shield Bug dressing a few years ago in FF&FT, you can find it in the magazine archive as per link below, at the end of his standard riff about using light gear on lakes ....http://www.flyfishing-and-flytying.c...softly_softly/
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A wee tip I can pass on if anyone is amongst shieldy feeders and struggling to get any interest, especially in calms. If you watch the naturals on the surface, you will notice the little ripple rings coming off them as they kick their legs in an effort to escape the grip of the water. I'm convinced this tiny movement can often be an important trigger to the fish feeding on them. Whether its down to the bugs attracting attention to themselves or a definite trigger I couldn't say for certain but I have frequently seen the most energetic individuals being picked off first and my own imitation being ignored until I impart just enough of a bump in the surface to copy those little morse code kicks.....
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Interesting stuff. I've never seen a trout eat one that I know of but I have given a few a shake. I think the smell gets a bad press - to me they smelled sort of like marzipan which wasn't that unpleasant, and nor is it unusual to find it in Nature. I've been led to believe its the cyanide giving off the aroma which is also true of Cherry Laurel who's leaves can allegedly be crushed and placed in the bottom of an entomologist's killing jar. Cherry also smells very like almonds when fresh cut. Summat called amygdalin, apparently, which turns to cyanide. I don't know if its the same thing in the bugs.
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First one I've seen this autumn, on Saturday...

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