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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.

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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Softhackle
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Wellsville, NY

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Softhackle on Oct 22, 2008October 22nd, 2008, 3:35 pm EDT
Hi all,
It has always been my belief that the hooks we tie on greatly affect our flies. Here's an example of a very old pattern tied on a newer hook that I really like. Of course the fly is a wingless wet and one of my favorites.

The original Tups was a dry fly first before Skues developed it into a nymph. Much has been speculated about the appearance of the dubbing, not in contents, but basic appearance. I think this one is pretty close.

Any thoughts on tying old patterns on new hooks?



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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LittleJ
Hollidaysburg Pa

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LittleJ on Oct 23, 2008October 23rd, 2008, 9:24 am EDT
great fly, looks like it would make a good sulpher. Is that ice dub or did you blend it yourself. I also have been eyeing those hooks, up until now I haven't seen anything tied on them, I may have to pull the trigger and get some.
jeff
Softhackle
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Wellsville, NY

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Softhackle on Oct 23, 2008October 23rd, 2008, 9:29 am EDT
Hi Jeff,
The dubbing is a mix of half red seal, half yellow seal, then about 1/3 as much tan hare's mask. The mix should look like it does in the photo-a kind of pale orangy pink from a distance.

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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CaseyP
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Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

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CaseyP on Oct 23, 2008October 23rd, 2008, 1:08 pm EDT
what a gorgeous hook--no barb squishing! what is it?
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
Softhackle
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Wellsville, NY

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Softhackle on Oct 23, 2008October 23rd, 2008, 3:42 pm EDT
Hi Casey,
Grip #14723BL # 12. These hooks are beautiful, but sold mostly in Europe. They are made in S. Africa. They have other models. I know of only one dealer in the US at present, and they are not even on the shelves, yet. I got mine from the distributor to test them out. If you are interested in ordering some, let me know via PM and I'll put you in touch with the dealer.

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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Martinlf
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Oct 24, 2008October 24th, 2008, 1:06 am EDT
I've been using some of the new barbless Tiemco SP, Gamakatsu, Partridge, and Knapek hooks and love them. I've lost fewer fish, and they are so easy to remove.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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