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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.

Dorsal view of a Zapada cinctipes (Nemouridae) (Tiny Winter Black) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Nymphs of this species were fairly common in late-winter kick net samples from the upper Yakima River. Although I could not find a key to species of Zapada nymphs, a revision of the Nemouridae family by Baumann (1975) includes the following helpful sentence: "2 cervical gills on each side of midline, 1 arising inside and 1 outside of lateral cervical sclerites, usually single and elongate, sometimes constricted but with 3 or 4 branches arising beyond gill base in Zapada cinctipes." This specimen clearly has the branches and is within the range of that species.
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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Gutcutter on Jan 25, 2015January 25th, 2015, 2:46 pm EST
...I really like them for pull down hackling. Their great length makes it much easier to swap hands when winding around the loop. The finished fly looks much like a comparadun only with hackle instead of hair...


I haven't heard the term "pull down hackle". Are you talking about hacklestacking/paraloop or is there something else I can play with this winter?
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Entoman on Jan 25, 2015January 25th, 2015, 8:59 pm EST
Tony -

Yes, the patterns called hacklestackers (and a few other names) use the pull down or stacking method of hackling. Sorry for the confusion.;)

Matt-

Yeah, I'd do the same if I were only tying for myself. As for Hoffman, wasn't he bought out by Whiting? I think it's all the same stuff.
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Kschaefer3 on Jan 26, 2015January 26th, 2015, 5:59 am EST
I thought I might start some discussion with this one. :)

Thanks for all the advice and information!
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Crepuscular on Jan 26, 2015January 26th, 2015, 9:47 am EST
I haven't heard the term "pull down hackle". Are you talking about hacklestacking/paraloop or is there something else I can play with this winter?


Bruce, do you want to take this one...
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Entoman on Jan 26, 2015January 26th, 2015, 10:15 am EST
I think that's a private matter Tony should keep to himself, Eric. Now if Bruce wishes to probe the subject a little deeper, far be it from me to discourage or interfere in any way, provided he doesn't go too far...:)
"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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Oldredbarn on Jan 26, 2015January 26th, 2015, 11:31 am EST
We have to wait for Brucie to bob back up...He's probably fallen in again, that otter!

Spence

"pull down hackle"
I thought he meant that with the longer saddle hackle its easier to wrap without a hackle plier...You can wrap over and grab with your opposite hand...You know, "nit one, pearl two"...Or some-such?
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Entoman on Jan 26, 2015January 26th, 2015, 11:37 am EST
Yep.
"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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Kschaefer3 on Jan 29, 2015January 29th, 2015, 5:14 am EST
Again, I do appreciate all the advice!I ended up getting 2 Whiting bronze half capes. One in brown, the other medium dun. Had the shop had any in grizzly, I would have got that as well. So far I have played around with some EHC (I bet Jonathon will be happy that was my first hackled dry :)) and tied a parachute BWO (attempted 3, but only one turned out). It's been fun so far! I'm sure I'll be asking lots of tying questions in the coming months.
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Oldredbarn on Jan 29, 2015January 29th, 2015, 5:34 am EST
Kyle,

Go here and follow along with something...

http://www.flyfishsd.com/fly-tying-videos-by-category/

Better yet, go to Charlie Cravens site Charlie's Fly Box and pick something and do a step-by-step.

http://www.charliesflyboxinc.com/flybox/index.cfm

Spence
"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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Kschaefer3 on Jan 29, 2015January 29th, 2015, 5:44 am EST
I know Charlie's Fly Box! I went step by step on his cdc comparadun. He has a great site with awesome step by step instructions! Thanks for the link with all the videos! I will check those out for sure. I watched the EHC video on "In the Riffle". That gentleman does a nice job, imo.
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Oldredbarn on Jan 29, 2015January 29th, 2015, 5:49 am EST
Yes...I have watched a few, "In the Riffle" vids as well.

Spence
"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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Wbranch on Jan 29, 2015January 29th, 2015, 12:09 pm EST
I just viewed the Cravens tutorial for a CDC compara-dun. If you use three CDC feather tips you can more closely replicate the 180 degree wing as is achieved using hair for the wing. I guess it is all a matter of preference though.
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Kschaefer3 on Jan 29, 2015January 29th, 2015, 12:29 pm EST
I just viewed the Cravens tutorial for a CDC compara-dun. If you use three CDC feather tips you can more closely replicate the 180 degree wing as is achieved using hair for the wing. I guess it is all a matter of preference though.

Thanks for the tip Matt! I know in the tutorial he even mentions that he likes an arc of less than 180 degrees so it sits even lower in the water, certainly just personal preference.
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Wbranch on Jan 29, 2015January 29th, 2015, 1:02 pm EST
Kyle, I no longer have your email address. Can you send it via a PM?
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