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8/13/14 @ 10:06 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 (on the right) 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/damselfly 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. The dragonfly larvae on the left, and a hellgrammite in the middle pic.

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7/29/20 @ 1:16 PM
Fishlovme
Fishlovme
MEMBER since 6/22/01

All I ever use is a hook and split shot when I fish with them.  Catches me a lot of perch and bluegill love them too.

7/29/20 @ 7:27 AM
Carpio
MEMBER since 11/5/17

Can’t beat a gold hook & ss.  CARPIO 

7/29/20 @ 6:02 AM
GillpillZ
User since 12/7/10

How does everyone like to fish with helgramites? 

I was going to try them for the first time this weekend. I was going to use a small lindy rig or split shot with a gold hook.

6/16/20 @ 6:19 PM
svitreum
svitreum
User since 8/29/06

Wigglers are the larvae form of the Hexagenia mayfly. They are deadly on a wide variety of fish. Hard to keep alive though. I used to use them ice fishing as they would swim around and attract fish so I could lay the rod down and wait for the bite. Made beer drinking that much easier.

6/16/20 @ 3:32 PM
Bruno1
User since 3/21/14

Some bait stores also sell a larvae colloquially known as "wigglers".  I think they emerge as a bug that looks like a smaller version of a dragon fly (that we used to call dnarning needles).  They were the absolute best bait for stocked trout in lakes - small hook small weight small bobber = trout.  They also worked well in streams for wild trout.  I suspect any larvae could work on smallmouths, trout, bluegills, and perch.  

Bruno


6/16/20 @ 2:03 PM
GRANDAD
User since 6/1/09

If you can find them they are great,LongGreens,perch killers.SPIDERS also good.Pricy ,but you can pick your own if you have a strong back and learn where to dredge for them! Slow shallow creeks and ponds best!

6/16/20 @ 1:48 PM
perch chaser
User since 2/6/03

"thunder bugs" a local name---- plentiful around the Winnebago system and similar to a hellgrammite. Wonder if that's one of the bugs you guys are talking about? That's what it looks like picture on the right.

 

6/16/20 @ 11:40 AM
ducks
User since 2/17/11

Wing a ding. ..    l would love to learn a way to catch several perch on one bug....please inform me ...usually when using bugs , its one bite, and gone.!!    Please explain...Thanks

6/15/20 @ 4:21 PM
JustAPanda
User since 6/15/20

(in response to ifishwi)

a few years too late to the party here but the "long" one is from the family aeshnidae and the "spider" one is either corduliidae or libellulidae, most likely a corduliid but you can't actually distinguish them without a microscope & gathering some really obnoxious measurements

1/31/18 @ 3:22 PM
.Long Barrels
User since 12/9/14

Add me to that list as well.

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