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Lateral view of a Male Baetis (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #43 in New York
Blue-winged Olives
Baetis

Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Coha
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Cazin, Bosnia

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Coha on Jan 1, 2021January 1st, 2021, 8:41 pm EST
Great video tutorial by Barry Ord Clarke.
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jan 2, 2021January 2nd, 2021, 3:51 am EST
It is a beautiful fly but in all my experiences with the PMD I have never seen any bigger than a #14 with the vast majority being #16 - #18. As soon as I heard the tier say he was going to use a #12 long shank hook I lost interest in watching the video. I lost interest because while it is a beautiful fly it has many steps and materials and while it would be relatively easy for a skilled tier to construct one on a #12 hook it will be much more difficult on a more typical standard length #16 nymph hook.

I have found a very effective, and much easier to tie, PMD nymph to be the split back style. There are numerous tutorials on YouTube.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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