Backswimmers, while not as prolific as waterboatmen, are a good sized mouthful that most trout won't hesitate to pounce on. Typically found in shallower water where they can easily dart to the surface to replenish their air supply, backswimmers (Notonecta) are a great searching pattern when fishing lakes.
Aquatic adults (those with fully formed wings) can be found during spring and fall while smaller juveniles (without wings) are more common through the summer months. Both rely on an air bubble trapped on their abdomen to breath under water. This trapped bubble gives their underside a sparkly, glistening look.
|Backswimmer (adult) with fully formed wings. |
Markings can range from just a few darker lines to extensive mottling in shades of brown, tan, and orange.
|Backswimmer (juvenile) with no wings.|
Juveniles are usually light cream to tan with some darker hairs along the legs and underside of abdomen.
Eyes and markings (to match naturals) are drawn on using felt markers.
The underside is colored green to match the ventral color of most naturals.