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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 Kogotus (Perlodidae) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
This one pretty clearly keys to Kogotus, but it also looks fairly different from specimens I caught in the same creek about a month later in the year. With only one species of the genus known in Washington, I'm not sure about the answer to this ID.
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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Fish24_7
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Fish24_7 on Sep 9, 2006September 9th, 2006, 6:39 pm EDT
im trying to find a good all around fly what dose everyone think personally right now i like an adams it is one of the simpler flies to tie and fishes very well but i would like to know what everyone else thinks
Sundula
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Sundula on Sep 10, 2006September 10th, 2006, 6:14 pm EDT
I have found that an all around dry is hard to find. This year I have fished the mercury RS2 (created by Pat Dorsey) in sizes #18 - #22 almost all year as a dropper in my two fly rigs I discovered this fly when reading Dorsey's book and gave it a shot. I have fished literally all year with it and I have fooled many trout with it. It is a very simple fly to tie and can be fished at varying depths with different presentatioins. I believe in most situations it is your presentation that will fool the fish, granted there are those times when you will have to "match the hatch", but for a good all around fly this one has been great for me. The recipe:
Hook: TMC 101 #18 - #22
Thread: Light Gray 8/0
Tail: Light Dun Hackle 2/3 body length
Abdomen: Adams Gray
Wing: White Antron or Z-Lon clipped to middle of Abdomen
Thorax: Adams Gray
Bead: Mercury Extra small
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Troutnut on Sep 11, 2006September 11th, 2006, 9:06 am EDT
Interesting Sundula. I've never tried that one -- I'll have to tie one up and give it a shot.

My favorite all-around fly, by far, is the Royal Wulff. It's a pretty generic choice, but it's popular for a reason. I really haven't found anything else that attracts trout so well under a variety of conditions, so it's usually the first dry I try when there's no hatch to match.
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Sundula
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Sundula on Sep 11, 2006September 11th, 2006, 2:46 pm EDT
-Jason
I sent you a pic of the fly hope it works as well for you as it has for me. Is there a place on your site to submit fly recipes and pics?
Fish24_7
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Fish24_7 on Sep 14, 2006September 14th, 2006, 3:22 pm EDT
Hey thanks alot i will give them a try and let you know how they work for me and again thanks
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Troutnut on Sep 14, 2006September 14th, 2006, 3:37 pm EDT
Thanks for the pic. I'll give that one a try too.
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Softhackle on Sep 21, 2006September 21st, 2006, 5:17 am EDT
Fish,24_7,
Try something that imitates Baetis. I believe the Adams does, to some extent. Yet, something with a little more olive coloring works better. As a soft-hackle enthusiast, I like a Little Olive Soft-hackle I tie or a Partridge and Olive emerger as tied by Hans Weilenmann.

Mark
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