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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.

Lateral view of a Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing this one.
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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Jmd123 on Jul 12, 2010July 12th, 2010, 2:19 pm EDT
Cali-cat would likely sever one of my fingers if I EVER tried to extract a whisker from her face. I've been bitten by her before - thankfully, only once - and she bites REAL HARD.

CaseyP, I'm thinking crayfish antennae or maybe for those little caddisflies with the extra-long antennae. Cali's whiskers are white - are all cats' whiskers white??? - so I would have to take a Sharpie pen or dye them or something to get other colors.

Hmmmm, I wonder if you could use them like a stripped feather quill and wrap them around the hook for a segmented-looking body? Yet another way to tie my beloved White Wulffs...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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CaseyP on Jul 13, 2010July 13th, 2010, 4:27 am EDT
are all cats' whiskers white?--Jmd123

mostly, i think. we had one young cat whose whiskers were part gray and part white; it gave him a very unorganized look. most cats look pretty well put together, but not this rag bag. he was unique in many ways and died too young. lately his replacement's whiskers have either been breaking or getting bitten off by his house-mate. that looks funny too.

it would seem possible to color the whiskers whatever you want with those prismacolor pens.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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Jmd123 on Jul 13, 2010July 13th, 2010, 3:36 pm EDT
I suppose if one wanted to get REALLY nuts one could get one of those superfine-point pens - the kind I used to use for labeling insect specimens during my more active entomology days - and draw little segments on them...or wrap some superfine wire or thread on them?

Hmmm, CaseyP, we might just have to have ourselves a "cat-whisker fly challenge" for those troutnutters out there who happen to have feline creatures in their lives. Mine is currently sitting over by Dad's old "gun bench" staring at me, blinking her eyes whenever I say, "Pretty kitty!"

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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CaseyP on Jul 14, 2010July 14th, 2010, 3:39 am EDT
Jonathon, you just might have an idea there. looking at current felines, i discovered one has two-tone whiskers. the fly could be the "Ricky Ricardo Jacket."

only problem: i don't know how to get hold of the whiskers "legally".
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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GONZO on Jul 14, 2010July 14th, 2010, 4:24 am EDT
the fly could be the "Ricky Ricardo Jacket."


Casey, if your fly is constructed with the whiskers/fur from one of your pixie bobs, you could call it the "Bobalu." Then you could cast it to a promising lie while calling out "Oh, Luuucy...!" However, should you be overheard by some of the younger members of the fly-fishing community, that might leave you with "some 'splainin' to do." :)
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CaseyP on Jul 15, 2010July 15th, 2010, 4:46 am EDT
that might leave you with "some 'splainin' to do." :)--Gonzo


not if they're Jimmy Buffet fans. oh--right--that's still the wrong generation!

well, i'll just smile like they're supposed to know what i'm talking about. that's what we curmugeons do, isn't it? i'm still practicing!
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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Jmd123 on Jul 15, 2010July 15th, 2010, 7:39 am EDT
Watch your fingers there, CaseyP - you don't want to sustain enough damage to keep you from tying those #16 Royal Wulffs...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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CaseyP on Jul 15, 2010July 15th, 2010, 2:26 pm EDT
in the immortal words of my sainted grandfather,

...tying elaborate little flies is like murder--hire it done!
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra

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