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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.

Lateral view of a Male Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This dun emerged from a mature nymph on my desk. Unfortunately its wings didn't perfectly dry out.
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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Swerve on May 11, 2008May 11th, 2008, 2:21 am EDT
Im new to fly fishing only been doing it for two years. Can anyone suggest any good books web sites dvds ect. on whats hatching and when any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Taxon on May 11, 2008May 11th, 2008, 3:12 am EDT

I recently came across a book which does exactly that, The Fly Hatches by David Richey. It was published in 1980, and is no longer in print. However, it is available on the internet used book market for at a real bargain.

The book lists the hatches by state, specifying scientific name (common name), start date for hatch, duration of hatch, hours of peak activity, and best imitating fly pattern and size. For New York, it lists (21) separate insect hatches, (15) mayflies, (3) caddisflies, and (3) stoneflies.

I was in the process of developing an updated taxonomy for the book, but unfortunately, got temporarily distracted by some other higher priority projects.
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Roger Rohrbeck
Hollidaysburg Pa

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LittleJ on May 11, 2008May 11th, 2008, 3:29 am EDT
Hatches II Is another good resource, I got mine from amazon.
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GONZO on May 11, 2008May 11th, 2008, 7:23 am EDT

The Hatch Guide for New England Streams by Thomas Ames (Frank Amato Publications, 2000) is a good little reference for Eastern hatches. It covers most of the important mayflies, caddisflies, and stoneflies, as well as a few incidentals (dragonflies, damselflies, true flies, and terrestrials)--lots of nice photos and useful information.

PS--The website at www.flyfishingconnection.com gives a number of stream-specific hatch charts for popular NYS waters. Unfortunately, they resort to the usual practice of using many vague common names (tan caddis, brown stonefly, BWO), which somewhat limits the usefulness of these charts.
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Swerve on May 12, 2008May 12th, 2008, 12:55 am EDT
thanks for the great info everyone. Roger i was able to find a copy of "the fly hatchs" and should be coming in the mail thanks for the help.
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