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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.

Artistic view of a Perlodidae (Springflies and Yellow Stones) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to lead to Couplet 35 of the Key to Genera of Perlodidae Nymphs and the genus Isoperla, but I'm skeptical that's correct based on the general look. I need to get it under the microscope to review several choices in the key, and it'll probably end up a different Perlodidae.
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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Flytyerinpa on Dec 15, 2016December 15th, 2016, 7:25 am EST
Just got my first Pale Watery Dun neck, but it occurred to me I don't have any patterns for that color, can anybody suggest any patters that use that color ?
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Oldredbarn on Dec 16, 2016December 16th, 2016, 3:02 am EST
Just got my first Pale Watery Dun neck, but it occurred to me I don't have any patterns for that color, can anybody suggest any patters that use that color ?


Don't really want to sound like a smart-ass, but how about the Pale Watery Dun? :)

Lighter dun is a great shade for sulphers. Think of the E invaria and the E dorothea...We have inherited a great many fly fishing terms from Great Britian and I think the "pale watery" or "pale-evening dun" may have originated over on the other side of the pond.

https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=pale+watery+dun&view=detailv2&&id=7FB9ECDFACA3E523B79858EAD3C22C57D3801F63&selectedIndex=0&ccid=9jqTh8Vf&simid=608014826029321101&thid=OIP.Mf63a9387c55f6134b556f7f1ef2afbaco0&ajaxhist=0

Spence
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Crepuscular on Dec 18, 2016December 18th, 2016, 12:55 am EST
Just got my first Pale Watery Dun neck, but it occurred to me I don't have any patterns for that color, can anybody suggest any patters that use that color ?


is it a whiting cape? If it is, that is a pretty light color. I have one too. I use mine for spinner wings mostly.

Hendrickson spinner:


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Flytyerinpa on Dec 18, 2016December 18th, 2016, 2:37 am EST
HI Oldredbarn,
No offence taken at your reply, the only time I even heard of Pale Morning Dun was a few years ago a guy showed me a fly and asked if I knew what kind of hackle was on the fly. When he told me I thought he was pulling my leg, till I saw that one for sale.
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Flytyerinpa on Dec 18, 2016December 18th, 2016, 2:39 am EST
Hi Crepuscular,
Great looking fly, and thanks for your reply I'll have to remember that. What kind of body is that ?
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Wbranch on Dec 18, 2016December 18th, 2016, 3:59 am EST
Eric, lovely fly. Looks like a goose biot body and a fur thorax. I counter wrap the biot with either XF gold wire or 8/0 Uni rust thread to protect the fragile biot from the trout's teeth. Without the rib the biot often breaks on the first fish.

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Jmd123 on Dec 18, 2016December 18th, 2016, 5:20 am EST
Yes Eric, very nice spinner pattern. Are you still flyfishing at this time of year? I'm planning on getting out the tip-ups in the next couple of days...

Jonathon
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Crepuscular on Dec 18, 2016December 18th, 2016, 1:05 pm EST
Hi Crepuscular,
Great looking fly, and thanks for your reply I'll have to remember that. What kind of body is that ?


Eric, lovely fly. Looks like a goose biot body and a fur thorax.


Thanks Matt and Ed. That's very kind of you to say. Abdomen is Hends Body Quills. I like biots but like you pointed out Matt, they are fragile. The Hends material is pretty nice. Much more durable and very easy to tie with.

Jonathan, yes I'm still fishing when it's not too cold. Some olives and sulphurs around on the nicer days. Here's one from one of my recent forays. enough olives that day to get the fish looking up. I was christening a new rod (Tim Zietak 6'3" #4 Paul Young Midge clone). Whenever I get a new rod I take it to the most famous of my local limestoners to try and impart some good juju into the new stick.

Eric



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Jmd123 on Dec 19, 2016December 19th, 2016, 6:25 am EST
You lucky dog! Nice rod and pretty fish! It's 19F outside right now and I'm thinking much more of x/c skiing and ice fishing than throwing flies. I haven't seen any winter hatching activity on the Rifle the few times I have been out there in winter, but there are always the lake-run browns and steelies...if it actually gets warm enough to think about putting on waders! I'm sure your spring-fed waters help in that regard...tight lines when you can get out!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Jmd123 on Dec 19, 2016December 19th, 2016, 8:41 am EST
BTW nice flies too, Matt. Does the little blob at the end of the abdomen represent an egg sac?

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Wbranch on Dec 20, 2016December 20th, 2016, 12:38 am EST
Yes, female Hendrickson spinners have yellow egg sacks. Does it matter? Who knows but I enjoy adding it on some of my spinners.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Wbranch on Dec 20, 2016December 20th, 2016, 12:39 am EST
Eric, Cute little brown trout. I caught an even smaller one on the Gunpowder in MD.
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Oldredbarn on Dec 21, 2016December 21st, 2016, 12:41 pm EST
Very nice looking Henny spinners there Matt!

Spence
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Wbranch on Dec 21, 2016December 21st, 2016, 2:09 pm EST
Thanks Spence!
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