(Fwd) Gray River Worms in Missouri

Millard C. Davis mildavis at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 29 20:02:17 EST 1998

Geoff Read wrote:
> Can anybody help with this? GBR.
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> Date:          Fri, 26 Jun 1998 01:29:12 -0500
> From:          reozarks <reozarks at dialnet.net>
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> Organization:  Simmons
> To:            g.read at niwa.cri.nz
> Subject:       Gray River Worms in Missouri
> When I was a kid along Spring River in Southwest Missouri, I used to dig
> what we referred to as "gray river worms."  They were always found in mud
> banks and were easily spotted by their holes.  What endeared these worms to
> bait fishermen was their resistance to heat.  They required no
> refrigeration during an entire day of July heat.
> Does anyone have any information on such a critter?  Can they be farmed?
> Does anyone farm them?
> Thanks in advance for any help you might give.
> Greg

Possibly larvae of crane flies (Diptera: Tipulidae): "leatherbacks," may
grow to over an inch long, can damage meadow plants and ruin pastures at
root level, which is about as close as they might customarily come to being
farmed, pay for it by being excellent fish bait.

Millard C. Davis <mildavis at earthlink.net>

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