Caenis Ins and Outs

see-nis frombelow m.fauvet:TLC 7-6-15we already know this gorgeous little creature has several functions:

– firstly and most importantly, it gets us all excited when we see one. it makes us stop whatever it was we where doing (even if that something was fun), run over and grab a rod and do what’s natural for us fly fishers: have more fun than what normal people consider as fun.
– it also means that the environment where these wee things came from is in pretty good shape. as an example, the bug above was born right next to my house on the Canal du Midi, a green, warm and rather slimy-looking waterway that’s been enjoying a rather drastic decrease in pollutants of all kinds in recent years.
as well as the all-time standard chironomids one would expect to see in waters like this, there’s also been a great increase of caddis and damsels with all of them keeping the house martins, swifts and of course fish busy and happy and not to get all mushy, but that all makes me happy too.

but there’s a lot more to these bugs, here’s some maybe not-so-commonly known facts about our little friends. let’s start with the out’s, the kind of info that takes up unnecessary brain disk-space while remaining amusing.

caenis scrabble
(
no self-respecting fly fisher would be caught dead playing a word game that doesn’t accept real and important words so, this shouldn’t be a problem)

out of the 160 or so different types of caenidae, some of them have interesting monikers such as:
Caenis amica well known for being the friendliest of the species.
Caenis bella for having won a beauty contest when he was oversees.
Caenis catherinae because it’s the sweetest of the family thus named after my Mémé Catherine.
Caenis cornuta because she either has a horn or her boyfriend is cheating on her.
Caenis hilaris this one’s good at telling jokes.
Caenis latipennis your guess is as good as mine…
Caenis moe from the Three Stooges.
Caenis oculta named after Abby the Goth Girl.
and Caenis robusta for its insatiable desire for strong, bittery coffee.

to conclude the pointless part of this post here are caenis anagrams.
caenis anagrams
(those are really boring words. best to stick to the original as much as possible… )

and now for the in, a little something all fishers can really benefit from: how to pronounce what’s probably the most ill-pronounced bug on the planet !
caenis pronounced
and if that doesn’t make sense, it’s SeeNiss and not KayNiss !

a big thanks to buddy, all-round cool guy, fellow Barrio Fly Lines Pro-Team member and language stickler/Lineslinger Will Shaw for reminding me of my own pronunciation deficiencies. yes, i used to be a Kaynisser
for more pointless caenissy info click either text block. enjoy !

7 thoughts on “Caenis Ins and Outs

  1. With all due respect, Caenis is Latin, and while it is correct that the C is an exception ad is not pronounced as a K as it is usually in Latin, it is definitely not going to be a S! C followed by AE is soft, like in church. And the AE is pronounced E like in end. That “SeeNiss” is an abomination. The right pronounciation would sound like “CheNiss” with emphasis on the e, not the i.

  2. Hi Marc, sorry for the late reply, I forgot to flag the post for the follow-up (or unflagged it by mistake).
    Yes, I did. I’m not an expert, I’m a tech guy, however in Italy Latin is (or was 🙂 taught also at science-oriented high school (Liceo scientifico), and I liked it.

    • thanks Leo, i greatly appreciate your input ! since posting this i’ve had several conversations with keen and rather ‘intelligent’ anglers and funnily enough, most have decided to continue calling the little beasties ‘Kay-Niss’…. 😆

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