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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.

Dorsal view of a Pycnopsyche guttifera (Limnephilidae) (Great Autumn Brown Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen appears to be of the same species as this one collected in the same spot two months earlier. The identification of both is tentative. This one suffered some physical damage before being photographed, too, so the colors aren't totally natural. I was mostly photographing it to test out some new camera setting idea, which worked really well for a couple of closeups.
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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Ukfb1 on Dec 9, 2009December 9th, 2009, 7:21 am EST
As with my introduction, new to fly fishing. Tying knots seem to be a pain in the you know what in cold weather. Add to that eyesight of a over fifty year old guy, it is a little frustrating. Has anyone had good luck with the Davey knot.

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Tilman on Dec 9, 2009December 9th, 2009, 6:08 pm EST
I suspect that you are referring to the knot that ties the fly itself to the leader ?

I use the grinner knot for years and i am satisfied with it and i think, i can tie it blind eyed, too.

Warm Gloves will help, though. I was at our club pond yesterday and had my fleece fingerless gloves with me and my fingers were really warm.

(By the way, i was really successful -> 7 Carp, what a way to end the season. I guess that was was the best end result i could get in just 2 hours)
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Chambersburg, PA

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JOHNW on Dec 13, 2009December 13th, 2009, 9:57 am EST
I think you are referring to the not extolled by Davey Wotton. I have not personally tried it however I will frequently use a two wrap improved clinch when midging (primarily a cold weather affair for me) with good result. I have landed some very healthy fish without significant knot failure rates.
If JAD catches this post he would be better able to comment on the specific knot you cited as I know he has experimented with it while winter steelheading. I just can't remember his results. Better yet shoot him a PM.
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Sayfu on Aug 16, 2011August 16th, 2011, 1:51 pm EDT
Here is my two bits advice...learn to tie but a few knots and tie them well. I fish lots of days during the season, and basically tie two knots..the blood knot and the clinch knot UNIMPROVED. Once in a great while I will tie on a new leader, and use the tool to tie a nail knot. Why the unimproved clinch knot tying the fly to the tippet? It has been tested stronger than the improved, and I can tie it easy with very little left over to trim off allowing me to tie a lot of flies on one tippet before I have to add new tippet to my leader...threw the eye, twist, twist, twist, twist, twist, and hold the end just barely throw the bottom opening, and pull it up tight wetting the knot. Realize that using a trout rod you seldom can exceed 2 lbs of pressure playing a fish with a bent rod. What diameter of tippet is 2 lbs or less? I can't remember ever breaking off a fish using this knot..I break it off when I straight line to a snag wanting to break the knot but never playing a fish. Same with the blood knot. I can tie it with less left over to trim, and use up my up-leader taper like I would if I used a surgeons knot that has a lot left over. Realizing how much pressure you apply with the rod reduces the need for a lot of knots, and discussions on what knot is stronger..consider how much leader you have to trim off is more important.
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Calgary, Alberta

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Bug_slinger on Mar 24, 2012March 24th, 2012, 10:20 pm EDT
I use the improved clinch or duncan loop knot(bead head) for fly to tippet and havn't had a problem. I connect tippet to leader with a blood knot or double fishermans depending on type of fishing im doing. Leader to flyline with a nail knot.
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Mar 26, 2012March 26th, 2012, 6:53 pm EDT
I've had excellent luck with the Davy knot. Just be sure the hook wire is not significantly larger than the tippet.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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