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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 Neoleptophlebia (Leptophlebiidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Some characteristics from the microscope images for the tentative species id: The postero-lateral projections are found only on segment 9, not segment 8. Based on the key in Jacobus et al. (2014), it appears to key to Neoleptophlebia adoptiva or Neoleptophlebia heteronea, same as this specimen with pretty different abdominal markings. However, distinguishing between those calls for comparing the lengths of the second and third segment of the labial palp, and this one (like the other one) only seems to have two segments. So I'm stuck on them both. It's likely that the fact that they're immature nymphs stymies identification in some important way.
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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Flyman85 on May 18, 2011May 18th, 2011, 1:06 pm EDT
what materials do you guys use for the bugger? looks like a dancer to me only i use a goldhead and marabou for the tail? cheers lads
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Jmd123 on May 18, 2011May 18th, 2011, 6:09 pm EDT
Flyman, I may tie mine a little different from other folks, but here goes:

Standard OR grizzly marabou for the tail, sometimes topped with Krystal Flash (10-20 strands);

Weighted underbody (in most cases) OR dumbell/beadchain eyes for weight (I can't get them to sink well without added weight);

Thin wire tied in at the base of the tail;

Chenille body, occasionally Krystal Tinsel Chenille;

Grizzly saddle hackle (OR color to match tail & chenille, but grizzly is my favorite) tied in at the hook eye, then palmer-wrapped backwards toward the tail and then counter-wrapped over with the thin wire, which is then tied off at the head.

That's my own personal favorite way to tie them, but of course, others will do it differently - which is the beautiful thing about the Woolly Bugger, there's a thousand (maybe a million?) ways to tie them! Whatever works for you, this way works for me.


P.S. Favorite colors: black, brown, olive, purple, chartreuse, hot orange, hot pink, yellow, and sky blue with a silver Krystal Tinsel Chenille body.
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Jesse on May 19, 2011May 19th, 2011, 4:42 pm EDT
Just chenille, marabou, variations of hackle depending on how your feeling, weight or no weight i rock and there you have it! Bugger!
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
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Flyman85 on May 20, 2011May 20th, 2011, 1:07 pm EDT
yea u gotta love the beadchain eyes for gettin down where the better fish are. you have a look at them jmd? getting camera sorted this weekend so i,l upload some pics, cheers lads

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Dunde on May 21, 2011May 21st, 2011, 10:16 pm EDT
iv just started fly fishing and fly tying and i want to know how to make the tail of flys fluffy.ive tyed a few but i dont know if they are any good.
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Motrout on May 24, 2011May 24th, 2011, 6:35 pm EDT
iv just started fly fishing and fly tying and i want to know how to make the tail of flys fluffy.ive tyed a few but i dont know if they are any good.

Use lots of marabou to make the tail fluffy.

I'm sure they will work. It's hard to make a woolly bugger that doesn't catch fish. Get out there and fish with them and see for yourself-trout (or bass, or sunfish) don't care whether your fly is pretty or not. The flies that I tie sure aren't, and I still manage to catch fish now and then.

It's awesome that you have started fly fishing and tying. For me that was the best decision I ever made.
"I don't know what fly fishing teaches us, but I think it's something we need to know."-John Gierach

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