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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.

Lateral view of a Psychodidae True Fly Larva from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This wild-looking little thing completely puzzled me. At first I was thinking beetle or month larva, until I got a look at the pictures on the computer screen. I made a couple of incorrect guesses before entomologist Greg Courtney pointed me in the right direction with Psychodidae. He suggested a possible genus of Thornburghiella, but could not rule out some other members of the tribe Pericomini.
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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Leakyboots
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Leakyboots on Feb 17, 2017February 17th, 2017, 12:51 am EST
One thing nice about fly fishing for over 50 years is some of your old rods. I was looking through my equipment and found two old Shakespeare Wonderrods and a old Cortland glass Rod. Been a long tome since these rods got any action, might have to get them out this spring.
Will Shaver
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PaulRoberts on Feb 17, 2017February 17th, 2017, 1:30 am EST
Sounds like fun.

Years ago I had a Kassnar glass rod I really liked. However a friend crushed it in the car door at 5am on opening morning one year. Oooooo... :(
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Roguerat on Feb 17, 2017February 17th, 2017, 3:17 am EST
Will-

does the Wonder-rod have an automatic reel with it? I fished my father in law's setup once or twice out of curiosity, it would take getting used to.

tight lines,

Roguerat

'less is more...'

Ludwig Mies Vande Rohe
Leakyboots
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Leakyboots on Feb 17, 2017February 17th, 2017, 3:30 am EST
No auto reel but remember them. I bought the Shakespeare Presidental Rod in 1966 and was my first nice Rod. Those glass rods were a lot different than graphite rods, they're a lot like fishing bamboo rods as far as the casting.
Will Shaver
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Falsifly on Feb 17, 2017February 17th, 2017, 5:44 am EST
However a friend crushed it in the car door at 5am on opening morning one year. Oooooo... :(


This reminded me of a story from years ago Paul:
John, a good friend of mine, took it upon himself to hire a guide/friend to fish the Roaring Fork; my first experience with a trout fishing guide. Very first thing he wanted to do was take a look at the rod I had and it didn’t pass his requirements. Instead he handed me a Sage he obviously used for clients so I accepted it and on we went. Toward the end of the day we were walking the rocky riverbank moving to a new spot when I took a dive. I displayed, what I thought, was a remarkable physical contortion saving his rod from any damage. As a matter of fact the rod never touched the ground. Before I had the chance to even get up he grabbed John’s rod from him, took his rod from me, and gave his rod to John.
Falsifly
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
Leakyboots
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Leakyboots on Feb 17, 2017February 17th, 2017, 6:31 am EST
Those old automatic reels had a spring inside wound tight and if you tried to take them apart the spring would let go. Lol they were impossible to put back together.
Will Shaver
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PaulRoberts on Feb 17, 2017February 17th, 2017, 12:34 pm EST
Hmmmm... that guide had his priorities I guess.
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Adirman on Feb 25, 2017February 25th, 2017, 11:50 pm EST
I tried casting my Grandfathers old glass rod a few years ago. The action is SO slow as compared to the Graphite rods! Not meant for much distance; however, short distances seems to require no effort and would be very easy on the shoulder after a long day of fishing IMHO.
Leakyboots
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Leakyboots on Feb 26, 2017February 26th, 2017, 1:44 am EST
Fishing glass and bamboo rods is like swinging a golf club. The less effort in your swing the further the ball goes. It's the same with those rods, a nice easy cast will send the fly further than if you try to power your fly rod. It usually takes me a few casts to get the feel. Setting the hook is different, with graphite a short jerk and your on, with glass and bamboo you have to set the hook.lol
Will Shaver

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