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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 Limnephilidae (Giant Sedges) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen resembled several others of around the same size and perhaps the same species, which were pretty common in my February sample from the upper Yakima. Unfortunately, I misplaced the specimen before I could get it under a microscope for a definitive ID.
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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Upstate,New York

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David82nd on May 31, 2017May 31st, 2017, 11:10 pm EDT
There's plenty of choices ,I just love tying anything but prefer some over others I enjoy tying " frenchys, and various other nymphs , spiders are fun but pretty straightforward, I dabble with the tradional " Catskill flys, there's just such scrutiny an " over anylais of them , from exact material to how many Hackle turns , I jump in and just create lol
What's you're favorite fly to tie
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Roguerat on Jun 3, 2017June 3rd, 2017, 12:41 am EDT

Just type 'favorite fly' into the search bar and get a LOT of posts and topics from past years.

In the here and now my favorite tying style/pattern has to be a Harrops' Hair wing Dun, a fly that I can tweak and use for pretty much any and all hatches I encounter. Second would be the Thorax pattern, again very tweakable to meet a variety of applications. I can tie them sparse with the hackle trimmed off the bottom for slow, smooth water or full and 'bushy' a'la Wulff style for flotation and visibility in riffly, fast water. Maybe not entirely true to the original pattern but usable nonetheless.


'Less is more...'

Ludwig Mies Vande Rohe
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Alanson, MI

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TimCat on Jun 3, 2017June 3rd, 2017, 6:19 am EDT
Comparaduns and Sparkleduns for me (which I was taught about as a newbie from this site!). Like mentioned above, I like them for the versatility. I fish them for hatches and spinner falls. Once you get good at the hair wing part they are really easy. Tie them on a curved shank/emerger hook with an antron shuck, and you basically have Wyatt's Dear Hair Emerger. I guess the only drawback about them is that I can't tie them below a size 16. I don't know if there is any deer hair out there that will flair properly below that size anyway.

I also like tying and fishing soft hackles/spider variations a lot as well.

"If I'm not going to catch anything, then I 'd rather not catch anything on flies" - Bob Lawless
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jun 3, 2017June 3rd, 2017, 7:48 am EDT

I guess the only drawback about them is that I can't tie them below a size 16.

It is true they are hard to tie in sizes smaller than #16. However you can use other winging material that will let you tie them down to #22. You can use straight Z-lon material in different colors. Cut an appropriately sized bunch of fibers and tie in as you normally would hair. Another material I use often for #16 and smaller, and it looks very good, are 2-3 CDC feather tips. I like to buy bulk packages of Trouthunter CDC. I feel they provide the most amount of usable feathers. Select 2-3 feathers all about the same shape and strip off the bottom fluff. Position the feathers o9n top of the hook shank facing over the eye. Lash down securely and then lift the clump up and build a thread dam in front of the CDC. Then with your fingers from both hands tease the feathers out to a fan shape.

I'll put up a picture so you can see what the goal looks like.

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Nov 18, 2017November 18th, 2017, 5:20 pm EST
Klinkhamer style, but with cut wings like a thorax. My go to for tough fish.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

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CaseyP on Nov 19, 2017November 19th, 2017, 6:47 am EST
once i learned to cope with the copper wire, the Sawyer pheasant tail nymph became my favorite. hook, pheasant tail fibers, copper wire. simple (not easy) and i can tie them big or small, and my gracious! do they catch fish!

somewhere to go without our WOMEN LMAO!!

don't speak too soon, bro...;-)
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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Roguerat on Nov 20, 2017November 20th, 2017, 1:19 am EST

A sincere THANKS! for setting the bar, so to speak..fly-fishing is a great pastime and art and I've passed this on to 3 of my 4 daughters (the 4th is a Great Lakes shipwreck snorkeler/diver so I'm not pushing anything on her!) and the girls are on the water with me as often as their schedules and lives allow.

I'll have to come up with some Stengelese nuggets of wisdom to pass your way,

Tight lines,


'Less is more...'

Ludwig Mies Vande Rohe
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Nov 20, 2017November 20th, 2017, 4:21 am EST
No not really I love it when my wife joins me for a float in the drift boat or bass boat. What's with you hating them joining you? Can't take a little competition? Are you afraid she will out fish you?

BTW what is with all the gutter language? No one on this forum ever speaks like that. Please keep the four letter words to yourself and you friends in Prague.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Roguerat on Nov 20, 2017November 20th, 2017, 6:17 am EST

Ditto on fishing with a spouse...my wife and I plan a lot of time away around fishing trips and she's my biggest cheerleader no matter what's on the line.
2nd youngest daughter has out-fished me more than once and I'm proud of her although I've grabbed some credit- and saved myself from terminal razzing- since I tie all the flies in the kids' arsenals.
Its all good, I passed it on the the next generation and now one after that!


'Less is more...'

Ludwig Mies Vande Rohe
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Nov 21, 2017November 21st, 2017, 9:59 am EST
I taught my ex-wife how to fly fish and bought her own rod for her. I WANTED her to outfish me so there would be no argument about going in the future! "Wanna go fishing, sweetie?" "SURE!!"

"Can't take a little competition? Are you afraid she will out fish you?"

Yep, think you hit the nail on the head there, Matt. Who was this guy?? Oh well, when you're on the internet any knucklehead can chime in with stupidity...I believe the term is TROLL. And they sure as heck aren't welcome here.

On a happier note, here's wishing all of my fellow Troutnuts a very Happy Thanksgiving. I have a good weekend coming up: a concert in Ann Arbor tomorrow night (King Crimson!), the holiday weekend at my Mom's house, and there's even a gun show on Saturday. A wonderful weekend to all!

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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