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.
Goose on Dec 22, 2006December 22nd, 2006, 1:41 am EST
Hi Troutnut! Do you have a photo of a cress bug on a rock or something so I can see what it looks like in a naked-eye sort of way? You have several very close shots, which are neat, but I can't really see what they look like in a stream environment. Thanks
Martinlf on Jan 9, 2007January 9th, 2007, 12:25 pm EST
Amen, though you can also tie them bigger, especially for stained or high water.
I like Muskrat fur, and ofen leave it spiky, at least on one side, to suggest legs, unless I do the Ed Shenk thing and spin fur in a dubbing loop and trim to a generally flat shape on the bottom, convex on the top.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"
Goose on Jan 11, 2007January 11th, 2007, 5:55 am EST
Troutnut: I have some digitals of cress bugs if you'd like them. I can send them to you and you can use what you want. They are from Central, PA. Just let me know how I can forward them to you. I suppose Jpegs. are the best way. I could attach them to an email.
Jlh42581 on Jan 17, 2007January 17th, 2007, 9:26 am EST
I use a very spikey dubbing to begin with. Died hares ear or some other natural. I prefer possum as its REALLY spikey. Sometimes i dont pick it or trim it. just wrap it on. I really found you dont need a shellback and the ones without shellbacking prove better for me.
It goes along the lines of somthing i once read.
"The best imitation of a fly looks the same from every angle"
I pick the sides and trim to get the shape, cut the top and bottom flat.