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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 Skwala (Perlodidae) (Large Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This Skwala nymph still has a couple months left to go before hatching, but it's still a good representative of its species, which was extremely abundant in my sample for a stonefly of this size. It's obvious why the Yakima is known for its Skwala hatch.
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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Lastchance
Portage, PA

Posts: 437
Lastchance on Mar 6, 2015March 6th, 2015, 3:21 pm EST
I've read the discussion here and people really seem to like Collins Hackle and Herbert Minor feathers for dry fly tying. Anyone ever try the Commercial Grade Deal from Collins, the Commercial Grab Bag for $60? That includes four capes of their choice.
Crepuscular
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Boiling Springs, PA

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Crepuscular on Mar 7, 2015March 7th, 2015, 2:03 am EST
No, I'm always looking for a specific color
TNEAL
GRAYLING. MICHIGAN

Posts: 278
TNEAL on Mar 7, 2015March 7th, 2015, 4:51 am EST
I have. It's a great deal with a lot of quality hackle for $60. The only drawback is you can't name your color.

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