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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.

Dorsal view of a Neoleptophlebia (Leptophlebiidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Some characteristics from the microscope images for the tentative species id: The postero-lateral projections are found only on segment 9, not segment 8. Based on the key in Jacobus et al. (2014), it appears to key to Neoleptophlebia adoptiva or Neoleptophlebia heteronea, same as this specimen with pretty different abdominal markings. However, distinguishing between those calls for comparing the lengths of the second and third segment of the labial palp, and this one (like the other one) only seems to have two segments. So I'm stuck on them both. It's likely that the fact that they're immature nymphs stymies identification in some important way.
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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Yetsuhfrank on Oct 12, 2015October 12th, 2015, 6:41 am EDT
I fish a wonderful 8' 5wt. made from a Leonard blank and it's time to replace my line (it's ten years old at this point.) Wondering if anyone has any thoughts about which modern lines might work best with the slow and soft action of a bamboo rod. It's not a period piece- I use modern equipment in every other respect. Almost all catskill dry fly fishing.
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Smuggler on Oct 12, 2015October 12th, 2015, 8:10 am EDT
Try an Airflo tactical trout line if you're able to locate one. I use that on my Orvis Battenkill 8ft 5wt and it's a dream. A Wulff TT5 might do the trick too.
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Crepuscular on Oct 12, 2015October 12th, 2015, 10:57 am EDT
I've never fished the airflo tactical trout on bamboo. I had issues with that line not floating well (read sinking) so I never went back. Smuggler's advice on the Wulff TT is solid, many people like them a lot for their bamboo rods. Many people also fish the Cortland peach on their catskill tapers. I do not have any Leonard rods but I can say that I really like the Rio LTWF lines on all of the Payne tapers that I have as well as my Dickerson 8013. I have a Rio LTDT5 line as well and it performs well at distances of greater than 30' for me but I like the WF lines better. Sometimes even the Rio Gold WF 5 if I know most of my fishing will be less than 40'. But if I had to pick an all around line for the rods that I own it would be the Rio LT WF. I'd like to throw the Wulff Bamboo special but have not had a chance to do so yet. There are several choices out there so I hope my experiences help. Really I suppose a good direction to go would be to look for a line that has a long belly. And I think you will find something that works for you.

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Steps25 on Nov 9, 2015November 9th, 2015, 6:52 pm EST
The cortland mentioned above. I've been testing a couple of my own rods with Orvis floating WF5, not too supple but it's ok. Fish on.
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Nov 10, 2015November 10th, 2015, 1:08 am EST
When I owned two Leonard Baby Catskill rods (7' #4) I always used the Cortland 444 in peach and it performed well.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Delablobbo on Feb 17, 2016February 17th, 2016, 2:13 pm EST
I agree with WBranch; the cortland 444 dt Peach is the bamboo standard. Ask John Gierach and AK Best. It's super supple, durable, casts wonderfully.
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Partsman on Feb 19, 2016February 19th, 2016, 12:58 pm EST
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