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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.

Lateral view of a Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing this one.
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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Martinlf
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Martinlf on Jan 8, 2013January 8th, 2013, 2:43 pm EST
For me, the Tiemco 921 is fast becoming my favorite small fly hook. Do others have any pet hooks out there?
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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PaulRoberts on Jan 9, 2013January 9th, 2013, 6:50 am EST
I liked Sprite hooks, from Redditch. Apparently they were/are? across the lane from Partridge. I bought some at a show a while back and haven't found them since.
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Martinlf on Jan 9, 2013January 9th, 2013, 7:52 am EST
Paul, if you don't mind ordering:

http://greatfeathers.com/hooks/sprite/index.aspx

only in 14 and 16, though.

Or, from across the pond:

http://www.troutflies.co.uk/section.php/121/1/sprite-fly-tying-hooks
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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TNEAL on Jan 14, 2013January 14th, 2013, 1:26 pm EST
When I started tying (1954) hook choices were minimal. There are a lot of quality hooks on today's market, so I opt for the best value, one with top quality and low cost. The answer for me is Togen hooks. Pretty wide variety, strong, sharp, and mini barbs... with a more than reasonable price
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Crepuscular on Jan 14, 2013January 14th, 2013, 3:00 pm EST
I like the ones that have fish attached to them
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Martinlf on Jan 15, 2013January 15th, 2013, 4:16 am EST
Now, Eric, as my dad used to tell me, everyone likes a little *ss every now and then, but nobody likes a smart*ss. ;>
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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PaulRoberts on Jan 15, 2013January 15th, 2013, 6:42 am EST
That's them! Thanks, Louis.
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Jesse on Jan 19, 2013January 19th, 2013, 12:06 pm EST
Even though they are getting hard to find in many fly shops around the around, i do love my mustad hooks.
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
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