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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 Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing this one.
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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Phillipmorr on May 23, 2016May 23rd, 2016, 3:35 am EDT
Some reason all listing are the larger sizes.

Life of me can't find the 1 inch size, purchased one from an unknown local, like to have a few more.

End of the season climbing temps, but stock locally in Rock Falls il at local park, do again this fall.

Caught one as they thinned out, can't beat trout fishing.

Any info, tnx!
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Wbranch on May 23, 2016May 23rd, 2016, 11:42 am EDT
Hello Phillip,

This is 100% a bug and fly fishing web site. While I would like to help you out but I have never heard of those lures.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Roguerat on May 23, 2016May 23rd, 2016, 12:31 pm EDT

this sounds like the original Dardevle red on yellow, 5-of-diamonds spoon- or a knock-off of it, anyway. I used BIG versions for N Pike years ago; maybe try Gander Mtn or Bass Pro, they sell hardware like this?


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Phillipmorr on May 23, 2016May 23rd, 2016, 2:44 pm EDT
Yes it's a dardevel spoon lure 5 of diamonds. All the online are the larger versions. I do have a video youtube under wnppmy a recent upload. Also a late trout shown caught with the spoon.

No idea where this 1 inch version is.

Tnx for replies.

I'd love to take on fly fishing, was a local fly casting beautifully on a 1st stocked day of our local trout opening day.

Might head to local dealer even walmart see how many trees I snag first attempts. It's a great art to learn.

To check walmart now.

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Phillipmorr on May 23, 2016May 23rd, 2016, 10:02 pm EDT
Walmart didn't have on hand fly fishing rods.

Online ordered the Tenkara, looked very interesting.

Should arrive in a few days, lots of youtube instructions on it.
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RleeP on May 24, 2016May 24th, 2016, 11:12 am EDT
Here you go: http://www.fishusa.com/product/Eppinger-Dardevle-Spoons

You probably want the 1/32nd oz. which are 15/16" long...
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Jmd123 on May 24, 2016May 24th, 2016, 2:24 pm EDT
Phillip, if you want some affordable fly-fishing gear, check out Cabelas. I am a budget angler and I use their Three Forks series and love them. Take a look, and they're now on sale for all of $35.00! I should buy a half-dozen for myself...



P.S. You can imitate that red-and-yellow spoon with a fly called a Mickey Finn!
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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Phillipmorr on May 25, 2016May 25th, 2016, 3:02 am EDT
Likely will order something like that.

Meanwhile Tenkara is on order, perhaps a simplified way of fly casting for a raw beginner.

See now I have to study all the knots required.

Looking forward to all this.

It's cool this morning heading out to pond.

Tnx everyone!

PS looked up Mickey Finn, yep has same colors, even red, cool!

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Phillipmorr on May 25, 2016May 25th, 2016, 8:16 am EDT
Tnx for the fishusa on the 1 inch (15/16) diamonds lure, did just order as looks correct. Wow I had zero luck finding on that smaller size.

Tnx Agn!

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