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8/13/14 @ 9:06 PM
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svitreum
svitreum
User since 8/29/06
Growing up in South Central PA, my dad, bro and I caught hellgrammites to use as fish bait, primarily for smallies in the local rivers. These larvae ranged in size from 1"-3" in length and had very sharp mandibles which could deliver a painful bite. They are the larval form of the dobsonfly which can exceed 4" in length and is quite an impressive bug. I've included pics of both larvae and the adult dobsonfly for reference. Shortly after moving to WI I heard people mention using "hellgrammites" for gill fishing and after seeing them I was confused. After looking up the "bugs" that were being marketed as "hellgrammites" I realized that these were actually dragonfly larvae. I have always wondered how these "bugs" got dubbed as "hellgrammites". Anyone have any idea when and why? I have enclosed a pic of both for comparison.

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1/31/18 @ 2:22 PM
.Long Barrels
User since 12/9/14

Add me to that list as well.

1/31/18 @ 1:46 PM
Wing-A-Ding
Wing-A-Ding
User since 1/8/02

You all are correct. I too have been raised with the Hellgrammite name also.


They are quite available in the summer by many bait stores, here is a few I know of:

http://harleysliquorandbait.com/

http://www.dornhardware.com/

https://www.dicksmithslivebait.com/


I found this video about a month ago it is very interesting. I have tried it myself with no luck yet. But I'm not giving up! A few of these would be great to have in the winter. If your worried about the cost, I could show you a way to catch 25 Perch with 1 Hellgrammite.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT_SG4LpYjM

Good luck,

Wing-A-Ding


8/16/14 @ 7:14 PM
newoodhntr
MEMBER since 12/11/01
The ones we bought were dragon fly larvae and the bait shops that sold them called them thunder bugs because they would spit water when you picked them up. We use to pick our own years ago in Vilas county lakes.

8/16/14 @ 4:05 PM
nubbz07
User since 12/31/09
As I know it the rounder ones I call rock Flies and the longer ones are helgramites. I dont know why we call them helgramites though.

8/15/14 @ 7:54 PM
newoodhntr
MEMBER since 12/11/01
We always bought them in the bait shops in Minocqua. I don't know if they sell them yet.

8/14/14 @ 8:58 PM
ifishwi
ifishwi
User since 1/12/05
Well, I don't have an answer for you, but I do have a story goes back over 50 years... I think folks in Wisconsin have always misnamed the dragon fly nymphs as hellgrammites. It's the most common you could catch for fish bait. While real hellgrammites are also around, the dragon fly larvae either spider or what we call long-green (pictured) are common. These both seem to exist in a big variety of sizes and colors.

These are dynamite pan fish bait and the best ticket for perch. I have found NO bait store selling them for several years. I think they are labor intensive to catch and would need to be priced so high no fisherman would buy. I try catching them each year for Lake Michigan perch, but perching has dropped off so bad I don't bother anymore.

Is there somewhere they are sold? edit: Do you know the price?

8/14/14 @ 3:01 PM
One shot one kill
MEMBER since 8/12/02
They used to market them in Wisconsin as Spider Hellgrammites .Maybe that is the difference ?

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