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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.

Dorsal view of a Epeorus albertae (Heptageniidae) (Pink Lady) Mayfly Nymph from the East Fork Issaquah Creek in Washington
This specimen keys to the Epeorus albertae group of species. Of the five species in that group, the two known in Washington state are Epeorus albertae and Epeorus dulciana. Of the two, albertae has been collected in vastly more locations in Washington than dulciana, suggesting it is far more common. On that basis alone I'm tentatively putting this nymph in albertae, with the large caveat that there's no real information to rule out dulciana.
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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Grannom
Northwest PA

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Grannom on Mar 13, 2008March 13th, 2008, 7:39 am EDT
I am looking for some reading. What does everyone here like? Also, I am not asking about informational books... Preferably, something with some meaning, which requires some analysis.

Mike
"Be calm - you're there..." "...Tell yourself there's no rush, even if there is."

-John Gierach
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Troutnut on Mar 13, 2008March 13th, 2008, 8:00 am EDT
Ernest Schwiebert
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Taxon
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Taxon on Mar 13, 2008March 13th, 2008, 8:54 am EDT
How about the Holy Bible? I suspect that would satisfy your criteria.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
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Troutnut on Mar 13, 2008March 13th, 2008, 10:06 am EDT
Nah... best to stick to Schwiebert.
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Grannom
Northwest PA

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Grannom on Mar 13, 2008March 13th, 2008, 10:24 am EDT
I didn't realize that my "criteria" was so very specific.
"Be calm - you're there..." "...Tell yourself there's no rush, even if there is."

-John Gierach
Flybyknight
Milton, DE

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Flybyknight on Mar 13, 2008March 13th, 2008, 10:34 am EDT
Oh you found my button and pushed!
No other sport is so replete with esoteric literature as fly fishing!
In humility I could refer you to 108 authors who have made documented and proven positive contributions to our sport and still exclude the horde of B.S. artists.
But here is a sampling to get you going.
I'll break it down thusly:

CLASSIC
"Country Contentments" Gervase Markam 1631

VINTAGE

"Troutfishing from All Angles" Eric Travener, 1929

MODERN

"A Modern Dry Fly Code" Vincent Marinaro, 1950
"Matching the Hatch" Ernest Schwiebert, 1955

My recommendation for starters"

"Trout" Ray Bergman, 1952
"The Practical Fly Fisherman" A. J. McClane, 1953

SERIOUS LITERATURE

Fly Fishing, Some New Arts & Mysteries" J.C. Mottram
London, The Field Press, 1915

SERIOUS HOW TO

"Selective Trout" Doug Swisher and Carl Richards,
Crown Publishers, 1971

Please let us know of your progress.

Dick



Lightly on the dimpling eddy fling;
the hypocritic fly's unruffled wing.
Thomas Scott
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Wbranch on Mar 13, 2008March 13th, 2008, 1:20 pm EDT
"How about the Holy Bible? I suspect that would satisfy your criteria."

Amen Taxon
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Mar 13, 2008March 13th, 2008, 4:32 pm EDT
What Matt and Taxon said, and anything by Nick Lyons.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Shawnny3
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Pleasant Gap, PA

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Shawnny3 on Mar 14, 2008March 14th, 2008, 4:21 am EDT
Personal favorite: The River Why, by David James Duncan.

THE classic: The Compleat Angler, by Isaak Walton.

-Shawn
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
www.davisflydesigns.com
LittleJ
Hollidaysburg Pa

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LittleJ on Mar 14, 2008March 14th, 2008, 6:35 am EDT
anything written by John Gierach. It's not informative, nor is there really any deep meaning, but they are very entertaining.
jeff

edit- i should have read your signature, i assume you've already read his books.
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Wellsville, NY

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Softhackle on Mar 14, 2008March 14th, 2008, 6:40 am EDT
I'd like to suggest TROUT HUNTING by Bob Wyatt. There's a lot within the pages. It's entertaining, informative, thought provoking, gives some great fly dressings and has some great photos of flies taken by Hans Weilenmann. Of the most recent books I've read on the subject of fly fishing, I've enjoyed this book the most. It has a little of everything.

For shear enjoyment and entertainment:

TROUT MADNESS & TROUT MAGIC By Robert Travers

FISHLESS DAYS, ANGLING NIGHTS by Sparse Gray Hackle

Happy reading,
Mark
"I have the highest respect for the skilled wet-fly fisherman, as he has mastered an art of very great difficulty." Edward R. Hewitt

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