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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.

Lateral view of a Male Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This dun emerged from a mature nymph on my desk. Unfortunately its wings didn't perfectly dry out.
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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Upstate NY

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Catskilljon on Mar 9, 2014March 9th, 2014, 5:03 pm EDT
Here is a style I have been messing with from the middle of last year till now, the Euro nymph. Just for the record, I am not at all interested in competition fly fishing, I do however have respect for a guy who can pluck trout out of a stream like they were in a barrel.

Anyway, among the hundreds of "new" flies that are designed every year since these competitions have been gaining popularity, these have really caught my eye. The guy who invented them calls them "Glitter numphs", and rightfully so.

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Hook, Hanak competition
Tail, coq Deleon
Body, metallic thread mixed colors. coated with epoxy
Collar, spiky hair, rabbit, squirrel, etc
Bead, tungsten

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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Mar 10, 2014March 10th, 2014, 7:44 am EDT
Looks a bit like the Lightning Bug that was very popular in MT about six years ago.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Gus on Mar 10, 2014March 10th, 2014, 10:28 am EDT
The top right one is similar to the PBR fly out of Blue Quill Angler in Colorado. Deadly fly!
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Novi, MI

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Oldredbarn on Mar 12, 2014March 12th, 2014, 1:34 pm EDT
The top right one is similar to the PBR fly out of Blue Quill Angler in Colorado.

Richard...Got Pat Dorsey coming to Michigan in May to speak at the banquet of the Michigan Fly Fishing Club.

Looking forward to it.

"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
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Wiflyfisher on Mar 12, 2014March 12th, 2014, 2:38 pm EDT
CJ, if those shiny, metallic flies don't work you can always hang them on the Christmas tree next year as ornaments. :-)
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Chambersburg, PA

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JOHNW on Mar 14, 2014March 14th, 2014, 6:25 pm EDT
Funny you should mention the lightning bug Matt, that is exactly what I thought. I tie a very similar pattern with rainbow pearl crystalflash over red thread and then a collar of ice dub somewhere in the arena of the natural of the prominent species. Louis can attest to its effectiveness on wild browns esp the baetis version.
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