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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.

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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Roguerat
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Roguerat on Mar 19, 2012March 19th, 2012, 8:51 am EDT
Does anyone have a favorite Early Brown Stonefly pattern? I've tied various patterns from books and magazine articles, but none of these seem 'just right' in matching what's happening on The Rogue this month.

Crazy-warm in West MI lately...we're headed for low 80's in mid-March, things are just a little ahead of schedule.

I Peter 5:7 'Cast your cares upon Him...'
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Oldredbarn on Mar 19, 2012March 19th, 2012, 11:53 am EDT
Crazy-warm in West MI lately...we're headed for low 80's in mid-March, things are just a little ahead of schedule.


Better have your Henny box with you! :)

Don't know what to say about this weather. I just went to the post office and everyone's in shorts, T-shirts, and the kids, who just got out of school, are lined up at the local Sppedway for slurpies!

The hockey playoffs aren't even here yet! Might as well bring on opening day of baseball.

Spence

Look up Mattress Thrasher and shrink it down to a proper hook size and change the colors, if that matters.
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Martinlf on Mar 19, 2012March 19th, 2012, 12:18 pm EDT
Try a trude style pattern, with clear or dun antron/hi viz/zelon for the downwing, and a brown dubbing body with slightly undersized brown hackle up front.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Roguerat on Mar 20, 2012March 20th, 2012, 9:26 am EDT
Oldredbarn: well, I'll be @#$%#, there IS a pattern for a Mattress Thrasher, and it looks like a good one, too. At first I thought this was humor on the scale of my dear departed Dad, although his Mattress Thrasher was red-breasted, and I'll leave it at that.
I'll be tying some of these in 14's and 16's, figure a Mustad 9671, and see what the trout say. That and some black Stonefly nymphs, some BWO's in 18, should be good to go for this March/June fishing.

Weird Weather, part II...it'll hit 86 today, a new record high.

The Roguerat

I Peter 5:7 'Cast your cares upon Him...'
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Entoman on Mar 20, 2012March 20th, 2012, 10:22 am EDT
Roguerat,

To bad you didn't check in a couple of weeks back. You just missed at least four topics on the subject that just fell off the board. They're scattered between the "General Discussion" and "Get Bugs Identified" sections, but you can click on my name and scroll down the list of "my recent posts" to find 'em easier. Entomology, some cool looking patterns, fishing advice & fly recommendations, along with the usual banter and story telling included.:)
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman

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