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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.

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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Portage, PA

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Lastchance on Jun 6, 2010June 6th, 2010, 1:42 am EDT
Hey Gonzo. What is the title of your book and is still being sold? Is it sold at Barnes & Noble because I have some gift cards to use.
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Gutcutter on Jun 6, 2010June 6th, 2010, 2:56 am EDT
i bought it on amazon yesterday. "flyfishing pressured waters:tying tactics for today's trout"
the reviews were over the top - some guy named louis and another named shawn and some nutjob named jason...
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"Bear Swamp," PA

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GONZO on Jun 6, 2010June 6th, 2010, 6:11 am EDT

Surprisingly (to me at least), that poor rag is still available at B&N, though why they list it as a "paperback" is beyond me. Amazon has a better price, but gift cards might make the difference.


Many thanks, and yes, all of the reviewers (including those in the national magazines) have been generous to a fault. Of all the kind words, this may have been the most surprising (scroll down to the bottom to bypass the usual locker-room innuendo of the preceding posts):
Also surprising is that this was apparently transcribed word for word. (There is an extraneous comma inserted in the third line and a misspelled word in the second paragraph.)
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Jun 6, 2010June 6th, 2010, 10:05 am EDT
Hey, I was paid good money for that review!!

Actually I'm pretty sure I wrote it before I had even met Lloyd, or knew about this site. A buddy loaned the book to me, and I was amazed. The first really new fly designs I'd seen anywhere. Soon afterward I met Lloyd through the Spruce Creek Fly Company's board (sadly defunct) when he helped us identify a bug we were all puzzled over.

Just a day or so ago I applied one of his methods to a fly of my own design and burned a poly yarn parachute post into a mayfly wing after I had tied it on the hook stirrup style--the fly is one of the emergers tied on the Gamakatsu C15-BV hook that Gutcutter and I like. I'm eager to test the fly out.

I can't list all the little methods I've picked up from the book, and I've even tied and fished a number of Lloyd's designs. And caught fish on each of them, most recently a very picky big brown on his upside down mayfly dun.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Pleasant Gap, PA

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Shawnny3 on Jun 6, 2010June 6th, 2010, 4:38 pm EDT
Gonzo agreed to give me 10% of his book revenue for that glowing endorsement. As a result, I've been able to cut back my hours at work and spend more time fishing.

In truth, though, it is a really good book.

Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis

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