Phil Rowley Fly Fishing
Belonging to the order Hemiptera or water bugs, backswimmer species number just over 30 across North American lakes, ponds and slower stretches of rivers and streams.
The Dipteran order have been buzzing around for 200 million years, evolving into one of the largest and most diverse of all insect orders, with over 3500 species in North America alone.
With a lineage tracing backing to the beginning of recorded time damselflies have been a stillwater or slow moving stream staple for thousands of years.
Over 650 species worldwide, with more than 60 in North American marine and freshwater environments including, lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, bogs and swamps.
Scuds are prevalent in lakes, ponds and running water such as spring creeks and tailwaters. On stillwaters, scuds can be the most important food item year round.
Water Boatmen are widespread and common inhabitants of lakes, ponds and slow moving stretches of rivers and streams throughout North America.