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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.

Artistic view of a Perlodidae (Springflies and Yellow Stones) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to lead to Couplet 35 of the Key to Genera of Perlodidae Nymphs and the genus Isoperla, but I'm skeptical that's correct based on the general look. I need to get it under the microscope to review several choices in the key, and it'll probably end up a different Perlodidae.
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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Front view CDC Red Quill
Side view CDC Red Quill
Front view CDC Hendrickson
Side view CDC Hendrickson
Front view hair wing March Brown
Side view March Brown
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Kschaefer3 on Dec 11, 2014December 11th, 2014, 11:20 am EST
Like Spence, I like Matthews' technique. It really stands the wing up and keeps it there. I typically only throw one wrap in between each bunch for most flies, and that seems enough. Al Caucci has always been a fan of very thin bodies, as the real bugs aren't typically as fat as some comparaduns are tied.

I'll check out Matthews' video. Sounds like a good one.

I'll also try to keep the bodies thinner. I continue to work on building a nice taper, but I think I should concentrate on keeping the body "level" and only taper once I get to the thorax. So much to learn!

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