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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 Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to tentatively key to Holocentropus, although I can't make out the anal spines in Couplet 7 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae nor the dark bands in Couplet 4 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae, making me wonder if I went wrong somewhere in keying it out. I don't see where that could have happened, though. It might also be that it's a very immature larva and doesn't possess all the identifying characteristics in the key yet. If Holocentropus is correct, then Holocentropus flavus and Holocentropus interruptus are the two likely possibilities based on range, but I was not able to find a description of their larvae.
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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JAD on Dec 19, 2008December 19th, 2008, 1:56 am EST
I'll try this heaven knows if it will work

This is one of my favorite ones L Martins part time bed.
The others are the room that my sweet wife (Bird Lady) lets me play in.

JaD



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 Dec 19, 2008December 19th, 2008, 4:56 am EST
Yeah, I recognize the Cicada factory there in the top photo. You clear off the fur and feathers after long day's fishing on the J, move the table down a bit, flip a few cushions and it's the Ritz-Carleton as far as I'm concerned. I just have to shut John's door when he's snoring too loud. :)
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Troutnut on Dec 19, 2008December 19th, 2008, 5:45 pm EST
Very nice!!

"Trying room," I like that... works on about 3 levels!
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Trtklr on Dec 20, 2008December 20th, 2008, 2:42 am EST
hey I just noticed you've been tying with a "crown royal"
I have seen nothing more beautiful than the sunrise on a cold stream.
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JZord on Mar 18, 2009March 18th, 2009, 8:57 am EDT
nice setup you got there
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Wbranch on Mar 22, 2009March 22nd, 2009, 11:59 am EDT
Great looking fly tying areas - Crown Royal, a TV, and a roll of TP! What else does one need anyway?
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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JAD on Mar 23, 2009March 23rd, 2009, 2:37 pm EDT
Only one thing Matt , If Louis is sitting beside me instructing me how to tie his secret midge.:)

Tight Lines
John
Maybe this.


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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CaseyP on Mar 24, 2009March 24th, 2009, 3:01 am EDT
tsch! don't often see that--the reel just falling off the rod.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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JAD on Mar 24, 2009March 24th, 2009, 10:32 am EDT
Casey honey only you are looking at the reel.

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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CharlieSawd on Mar 24, 2009March 24th, 2009, 1:57 pm EDT
Lookin good!
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Patcrisci on Mar 27, 2009March 27th, 2009, 1:51 am EDT
Very cozy fly-tying quarters. I could be very comfortable there too, Louis. In fact I'll bet, for me, it has more amenities than the Ritz-Carleton, even though I never stayed at the Ritz. Now about the bikini-ed fly fisher, would you call that "fishing with a nymph?"
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Martinlf on Mar 27, 2009March 27th, 2009, 2:22 am EDT
Hi Pat,

Those are photos of John Dunn's (JAD) tying rooms. The first is in his camper, where I mooch his deer steaks after a day's fishing on the J, and camp out until he throws me out. He was making a joke about how the table turns into a bed. My own tying room in my basement, as John can tell you, is much smaller and more primitive--not to mention messier.

I'm the guy who found the reels at Sierra. Those Lamsons are an exceptional value. I called and talked to the folks there. They are a small company with a real focus on quality. I'm thrilled to find a relatively light (4.5 oz) LA reel for the Delaware River bows at such a good price. I've had them streak upstream, then turn and blaze down leaving me with a pile of line everywhere. I'm hoping the LA will help. With luck, I'll find out this season.

Oh yes, the poster of the nymph is John's too, though I've seen those before. One of my female colleagues emailed a series of them to me not long ago, thinking I might appreciate them. I was shocked. ;>

--Louis (martinlf)
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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GONZO on Mar 27, 2009March 27th, 2009, 4:28 am EDT
One of my female colleagues emailed a series of them to me not long ago, thinking I might appreciate them. I was shocked.


Nice Claude Raines impression, Inspector Louie!

...would you call that "fishing with a nymph?"


Pat, (with all due apologies to Casey) I believe that the technique employed by John's unhappy hooker is known as "short-lining" a nymph.
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Patcrisci on Mar 27, 2009March 27th, 2009, 5:58 am EDT
My fly tying bench is in my basement too. Strewn with odd scraps of fur; bits and pieces of tinsel, wire; caked with old paint, dried caulking, mouse droppings (which I have still not found useful for tying flies but often think about). Not quite the Ritz :(

Louis, let me know how you like your new reel. I have an old Hardy LRH, and a Plfueger 1492 that I still use but I might treat myself to a new reel this year. I'm curious to hear how you like your LA.

Pat Crisci
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GONZO on Mar 27, 2009March 27th, 2009, 8:14 am EDT
I've had them streak upstream, then turn and blaze down leaving me with a pile of line everywhere. I'm hoping the LA will help.


Louis,

Because John has already hijacked his own thread with that prurient poster, I'll run the further risk by sharing a few thoughts about the situation you describe:

As I learned long ago with steelhead, the only tactic that works reasonably well when big, fast fish go ballistic and rapidly reverse direction is to clamp the line under your finger and strip like crazy. (And a glove or tape can provide some protection from the inevitable burns and cuts that result from this tactic, whether stripping line in or easing it out to a suddenly surging fish.) No fly reel short of a high-speed motorized winch can keep up with such maneuvers.

That said, the LA will respool the stripped line quicker. Due to the wider spool, however, you might need to pay more attention to winding the line evenly in order to avoid tangles and potential binding caused by the line bulking up in one spot under the frame. I slightly underfill my reels (especially my big-fish reels) to give a margin of safety in this regard, but that practice could compromise the limited backing capacity found on most LAs. These considerations might sometimes negate the advantage of a faster retrieve.

Lamson does indeed build very nice LAs, and they pay more attention to weight than is typical of many LA makers. Many of their reels are great values, and I think you made a good choice. However, I do feel that a few of the advantages of LAs are a bit overstated. (The more consistent drag as line is reduced on the reel is, I think, one of their main advantages.)
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JAD on Mar 27, 2009March 27th, 2009, 10:45 am EDT
(when big, fast fish go ballistic and rapidly reverse direction is to clamp the line under your finger and strip like crazy. (And a glove or tape can provide some protection from the inevitable burns and cuts that result from this tactic, whether stripping line in or easing it out to a suddenly surging fish.) No fly reel short of a high-speed motorized winch can keep up with such maneuvers.)

That's it Im going to start lifting weights, I;ll get a good cut man ---then slug it out with the Delaware River bows .If any buddy need any help let old JD know:)


Where is my Crown Royal
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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GONZO on Mar 27, 2009March 27th, 2009, 1:02 pm EDT
Despite all the ways that they keep screwing with the river, John, I'm sure you'd love the Delaware fish. They aren't all the size of steelhead, though some outrageous monsters--particularly big browns--have been caught. Whatever the size, the fish are nearly all wild and very strong. In the big water of the mainstem, which used to be the very best fishing for rainbows, even the average fish can really take advantage of all that room. Get Matt (Wbranch) or Louis (or both) to share some of the fun with you! (And do it before it's ruined. You never know when that might be.)
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Martinlf on Mar 27, 2009March 27th, 2009, 1:08 pm EDT
Hi Lloyd,

Your tips on managing a LA reel are much appreciated. Having used a traditional style reel for about twenty years, I wasn't aware of the extra attention they'd need in terms of level winding. And it certainly makes sense. I do this with my reel now, so it won't be entirely foreign to me, but it's very helpful to start off alert. As for the stripping like crazy, I've been in exactly that mode, ending up with a pile of line in the boat or the water, then struggling to get line back on the reel. It's been drummed into my head that this is the best way to fight a fish, and I always try to get line on a reel even with small fish. I'll be interested to see how it all works with the LA. If I don't like the Lamson, I'm fairly certain I can recoup enough of what I put into them on eBay to be OK with the learning experience. But I'm such a hard head, I'll probably just make it work for me.

Hey, I just noticed that I finally passed you in number of posts. Now I need to consider if that's a good thing.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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GONZO on Mar 27, 2009March 27th, 2009, 3:59 pm EDT
I'm pretty sure that you will like your Lamson(s), Louis--a word to the wise is sufficient.

As for the number of posts: I happily relinquish the distinction. I don't think you have anything to worry about until your number exceeds Jason's. :)
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GONZO on Mar 28, 2009March 28th, 2009, 3:40 am EDT
NOTE: A good friend has just informed me that in my age-enfeebled effort to keep track of all of the Johns on this site, I have inadvertently added another one. I have attempted to make corrections. My sincere apologies to Matt. And thanks for catching my stupid error, "Martin." :{

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