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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 Glossosoma (Glossosomatidae) (Little Brown Short-horned Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
I caught this tiny larva without a case, but it seems to key pretty clearly to to Glossosomatidae. From there, the lack of sclerites on the mesonotum points to either Glossosoma or Anagapetus. Although it's difficult to see in a 2D image from the microscope, it's pretty clear in the live 3D view that the pronotum is only excised about 1/3 of its length to accommodate the forecoxa, not 2/3, which points to Glossosoma at Couplet 5 of the Key to Genera of Glossosomatidae Larvae.
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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John888 on Nov 7, 2015November 7th, 2015, 9:24 am EST
this is my first post here. Been a long time "lurker", but thought it was time to join in the fun and add to the excellent forums. I need a little advice from those that have already invested in a magnifying lamp.
Eyesight isn't what it used to be, so it's time to get a bit of help with the close ups :)

Are there any brands/features that I need to be looking out for when I get my wallet out? Would love to hear!
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Roguerat on Nov 7, 2015November 7th, 2015, 10:58 am EST
John- welcome, and ditto on this being a most excellent forum, and fun!

This was one of the first tying accessories I acquired, a fluorescent magnifying lamp from Hobby Lobby. It took a while to get used to the change in depth perception (kind of freaky, at first) but I wouldn't do without it now. Myopia is not that cool...I have enough trouble squinting at sz 20 flies and 6x tippet as it is!

I also use an additional task light set at 90-degrees to the magnifier, no shadows behind my fingers then.

anyway, the magnifier ran about $ 50 or $ 60 some years ago, well worth it.


'Less is more...'

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RleeP on Nov 8, 2015November 8th, 2015, 3:24 am EST
I'm cheap and usually buy the lowest price thing that is functional and reliable. Given that, I have been tying with the low end Cabela's magnifier lamp ever since my eyes got to the point where I needed the help (about 12 yeas ago..). Its usually $29.95, but I see it is currently on sale for $19.95. It works with a clamp, so your tying area/table has to be able to accommodate that. It uses a 60 watt incandescent bulb and the bulb space is too tight for a CFL. However, the lower actual wattage halogen incandescent substitutes fit and work fine.

I've been pretty happy with the lamp. But like I say, I'm cheap. Worth a look, anyway...

Here's the url: http://www.cabelas.com/product/clamp-on-magnifying-lamp/1439363.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3DsearchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3Dmagnifier%252Blamp%26x%3D10%26y%3D6%26WTz_l%3DHeader%253BSearch-All%252BProducts&Ntt=magnifier+lamp

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Roguerat on Nov 8, 2015November 8th, 2015, 5:06 am EST

I need to check this one out, since the color-rendering ability of the ring-fluorescent I've got is questionable...the Reveal line of incandescent bulbs is engineered to be as close to natural light as possible and would (should) work in the fixture you've noted. Thanks for the tip,

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John888 on Nov 8, 2015November 8th, 2015, 10:58 am EST
Thanks for the answers, guys!

Turns out that there's all kinds of things to consider when buying lighted magnification. I got confused and had to do some research on the different types. This blogpost on selecting a good fly tying lamp was helpful.

I am going to get one with a fluorscent bulb. It's going to need a clamp base, too.

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