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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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Lalaleeza on Oct 18, 2015October 18th, 2015, 6:23 pm EDT
So I was given an nxt series I reel and I have a pole so I bought the backing and the line and the leader. I spooled it all but I have never fly fished so when I spooled it, I am realizing that it isn't like a conventional reel. It goes both directions. Is it supposed to do that?!! Don't laugh, I apparently am going to need help. Lol
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Taxon on Oct 18, 2015October 18th, 2015, 7:08 pm EDT
Hi Lisa-

Welcome to the forum. Yes, flyfishing reels are designed to go both directions. This allows a fish can take out line, and you to reel in line. There is probably a drag adjustment on your reel. It applies tension to slow a running fish from stripping line off the reel.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
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Wbranch on Oct 19, 2015October 19th, 2015, 11:23 pm EDT
Relevant to what Roger mentioned if you tighten the drag knob (assuming it is a modern reel with a disc drag) the line will come off the spool with more resistance compared to when you retrieve the line. The line winds onto the spool much easier than when going out. This will tire a fish and also prevent the spool from "overrunning" and causing a backlash.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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