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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 Setvena wahkeena (Perlodidae) (Wahkeena Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
As far as I can tell, this species has only previously been reported from one site in Oregon along the Columbia gorge. However, the key characteristics are fairly unmistakable in all except for one minor detail:
— 4 small yellow spots on frons visible in photos
— Narrow occipital spinule row curves forward (but doesn’t quite meet on stem of ecdysial suture, as it's supposed to in this species)
— Short spinules on anterior margin of front legs
— Short rposterior row of blunt spinules on abdominal tergae, rather than elongated spinules dorsally
I caught several of these mature nymphs in the fishless, tiny headwaters of a creek high in the Wenatchee Mountains.
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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Bobbyg
North Carolina

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Bobbyg on Jun 7, 2010June 7th, 2010, 3:38 am EDT
Has anyone tried these flies? Opinions?

May be viewed at Parks Fly Shop site

http://www.parksflyshop.com/newflies.htm No affiliation.

Bob

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Martinlf on Jun 10, 2010June 10th, 2010, 6:41 am EDT
The Clacka Caddis looks like a hackled version of the Iris Caddis, a western pattern. I was just introduced to the Iris Caddis on the Delaware River by a big fan who seemed to know his stuff. I'm beginning to tie and experiment with the Iris Caddis a little. The jury's still out for me on it, but I suspect if it doesn't work for me, it will be my own predilections and habits not the fly's faults that are responsible. The Iris Caddis is typically used as an emerger pattern.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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Bobbyg
North Carolina

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Bobbyg on Jun 10, 2010June 10th, 2010, 7:11 am EDT
Thanks for the reply Martin.

I've been told by others that it appears to be a variation of the Iris Caddis.

I believe it will be worth a try out in Montana this August.
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Martinlf on Jun 10, 2010June 10th, 2010, 8:44 am EDT
I'm sure it will, and it's very easy to tie. I've had my best luck with the wing binding in one end a bit to the side of the body, making the loop a little large, binding it a bit to the other side of the body, then pulling it to size. A dubbing needle inserted in the loop keeps it neater, if that's what you want. I'm not sure neat is necessary, though, and it may be somewhat counterproductive.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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northern cambria

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Vinlflyfish on Jun 14, 2010June 14th, 2010, 12:50 pm EDT
it looks like a fly in fly fisherman the magazine the butch i think it was in march's magazine
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Stratabass
Sandy Parts

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Stratabass on Jun 18, 2010June 18th, 2010, 8:25 am EDT
I tied some up and they look fishy. Walter Wiese, head guide at Parks', I believe is the designer and he likes them well enough to tie and stock. He's a good guy and receptive to email, etc. so I'd give him a call/email for more. www.parksflyshop.com (as already listed)
Not a fan of wind.

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