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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.

Case view of a Pycnopsyche guttifera (Limnephilidae) (Great Autumn Brown Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
It's only barely visible in one of my pictures, but I confirmed under the microscope that this one has a prosternal horn and the antennae are mid-way between the eyes and front of the head capsule.

I'm calling this one Pycnopsyche, but it's a bit perplexing. It seems to key definitively to at least Couplet 8 of the Key to Genera of Limnephilidae Larvae. That narrows it down to three genera, and the case seems wrong for the other two. The case looks right for Pycnopsyche, and it fits one of the key characteristics: "Abdominal sternum II without chloride epithelium and abdominal segment IX with only single seta on each side of dorsal sclerite." However, the characteristic "metanotal sa1 sclerites not fused, although often contiguous" does not seem to fit well. Those sclerites sure look fused to me, although I can make out a thin groove in the touching halves in the anterior half under the microscope. Perhaps this is a regional variation.

The only species of Pycnopsyche documented in Washington state is Pycnopsyche guttifera, and the colors and markings around the head of this specimen seem to match very well a specimen of that species from Massachusetts on Bugguide. So I am placing it in that species for now.

Whatever species this is, I photographed another specimen of seemingly the same species from the same spot a couple months later.
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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Martinlf
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Martinlf on Jul 11, 2008July 11th, 2008, 8:22 am EDT
John Dunn,

You were right: Rit Tan is not what I used before. A hot session with the dye baths today showed me that Rit #34, Taupe, is the color on the original Hairy Honeybug. I'm posting this up for Jeff and any others with an interest. Not that the fish would care. Or would they?
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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JAD on Jul 11, 2008July 11th, 2008, 12:40 pm EDT


I'm going to show my wife this post:)

Any how I wish their was another way , with all my sophisticated high tech tying methods, I still catch them with junk on a hook. But I was the only one jawing about the Cicadas and complaining about fishing being to easy-------by the way can I take those words back.

John

They fasten red (crimson red) wool around a hook, and fix onto the wool two feathers which grow under a cock’s wattles, and which in colour are like wax.
Radcliffe's Fishing from the Earliest Times,
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Martinlf on Jul 11, 2008July 11th, 2008, 3:31 pm EDT
John,

Those J browns are already planning THEIR revenge.



"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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LittleJ on Jul 11, 2008July 11th, 2008, 4:20 pm EDT
thanks louis, i'll give it a try.....for the record i dyed up a batch of tan this spring and it worked great.
jeff
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Martinlf on Jul 12, 2008July 12th, 2008, 5:15 am EDT
Many thanks, Jeff. I suspected as much when I saw how the tan turned out; I'll try the tan as well for a bit of variety.

Then fuschia. Next teal. Ah, the possibilities.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Shawnny3 on Jul 13, 2008July 13th, 2008, 3:11 am EDT
All right, guys, I hate to be the one to spoil all the bait-fishing fun, but do we really need ANOTHER thread on this "fly"? Have you gentlemen no shame?

-Shawn
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LittleJ on Jul 13, 2008July 13th, 2008, 3:27 am EDT
no shame at all:) In fact i'm considering staring a new club.... Ugly Flies Unlimited and I would love to make you an honorary member, consider your sticker and membership packet in the mail.
jeff
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JAD on Jul 13, 2008July 13th, 2008, 2:25 pm EDT


Hi guys
Not to be conceded, I tie a pretty ugly fly with out really trying. I think I would make a perfect member.

John

They fasten red (crimson red) wool around a hook, and fix onto the wool two feathers which grow under a cock’s wattles, and which in colour are like wax.
Radcliffe's Fishing from the Earliest Times,
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Shawnny3 on Jul 14, 2008July 14th, 2008, 1:36 am EDT
I'm flattered and honored, Jeff. I look forward to proudly displaying my UFU bumper sticker.

-Shawn
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Martinlf on Dec 22, 2008December 22nd, 2008, 2:52 pm EST
And a follow up, JK, to correct a color mistake in the hairy honeybug thread. Not that it matters.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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