Beetlemania

Bobfly2

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Out twice on a Caithness loch in recent days. Huge multi million numbers of small bronze beetles even forming windlanes on both visits80 hectres of water, 20 plus beetles to the square metre even floating in clusters of five. Size approx 7mm. No point trying a beetle dry. Trout just rising steadily rather than a feeding frenzy.
Solution ... 2 Soldier Palmers !!!
ID for this massive beetle event ?
 

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easker1

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they look like weevils of some sort, we gat them at our local lochans but the trout don' t seem to bother, our beetles seen to be a bit metallic, and whirl around on the water but the trout seem to take subsurface, easker1
 

Rhithrogena

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Has Caithness been in drought whilst further south has been under deluge?
 

Bobfly2

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Cold, windy and quite showery. Not warm and dry. Loch shores mostly Juncus and coarse grasses with improved pasture in parts. Some gorse and mybe 10% of the shoreline heather.
Heather beetle it is, thank you !
Trout seemingly more interested in black gnats than the swarms of beetles in huge numbers. Fished on seven lochs but these beetles were only on one loch and there for 10 days.
 

Cap'n Fishy

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I think this is your man on your own club water...

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That was a great day's fishing - the fish totally tuned-into them - even though it was bright sunshine.

Col
 

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