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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

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.

Dorsal view of a Pycnopsyche guttifera (Limnephilidae) (Great Autumn Brown Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen appears to be of the same species as this one collected in the same spot two months earlier. The identification of both is tentative. This one suffered some physical damage before being photographed, too, so the colors aren't totally natural. I was mostly photographing it to test out some new camera setting idea, which worked really well for a couple of closeups.
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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Cortland Manor, NY

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Mcjames on Jan 2, 2008January 2nd, 2008, 5:09 am EST
I recently made some wingburners out of 0.10mm brass, in order to shape wingcases for some nymphs a la Gonzo... but the first time I used them, the brass heated up and melted the Tyvek in between the two pieces of brass. Any tips?
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Milton, DE

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Flybyknight on Jan 2, 2008January 2nd, 2008, 8:43 am EST
Why the Tyvek? which is a polyolefin and melts around 325°F
Toss the plastic, use an alcohol burner, and you'll be fine.

Lightly on the dimpling eddy fling;
the hypocritic fly's unruffled wing.
Thomas Scott
rochester mn

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Dryfly on Jan 2, 2008January 2nd, 2008, 9:48 am EST
Make sure the burner when closed is totally pressed together. Close your burner and look at the tip, the two sides should be lying flat together, if not just bend with your fingers. If one side is canted a little upward then the flame can get inbetween and burn the part you don't want burned.
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Jan 2, 2008January 2nd, 2008, 10:39 am EST
Also just apply the flame around the edges, fairly quickly, to tyvek that is roughly cut to the shape of the burner but sticking out a bit. That way the burner doesn't heat up that much. I've found you still need to do a bit of trimming, mostly in the middle v-notch to get the shapes Gonzo does, but the burner makes the whole process much quicker than cutting out the whole case, and the burn seals the edges for wear. Some advantages of tyvek are that it's tough, takes marker colors well, and can be adapted to many shapes and sizes.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Cortland Manor, NY

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Mcjames on Jan 3, 2008January 3rd, 2008, 3:16 am EST
many thanks I will give it a try. I have been using tyvek for a while because its durable and free in large quantities.
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