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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 Skwala (Perlodidae) (Large Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This Skwala nymph still has a couple months left to go before hatching, but it's still a good representative of its species, which was extremely abundant in my sample for a stonefly of this size. It's obvious why the Yakima is known for its Skwala hatch.
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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Dunde on May 21, 2011May 21st, 2011, 10:41 pm EDT
im new to tying flys and fly fishing. i want to know how u get the end of the flys fluffy so if enyone reply that will be good.THANKS:)
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CaseyP on May 22, 2011May 22nd, 2011, 5:45 am EDT
fluffy...for a wooley bugger or other fly with a marabou tail, two things will make the tail fluffier: more marabou, and tying it carefully at one place. be sure not to allow the thread to wander around the area because that will bind down all those fibers you want to fluff up.

remember, too, that once the fly is wet and you take it out of the water, it's going to look pretty pathetic--all mushed flat. it took my Best Fishing Buddy a while to realize that what he thought were rabbit-poop shaped wet flies actually fluffed out underwater and looked alive. same with marabou tails.

hope this helps.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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Troutnut on May 22, 2011May 22nd, 2011, 11:45 pm EDT
I agree with Casey on the general advice. It would really be helpful if you say which flies you're tying. The best way to make them "fluffy" can be different for different types of flies.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
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