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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.

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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Fenton, MI.

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Brian314 on Sep 1, 2019September 1st, 2019, 9:26 pm EDT
Hi all - are Hareline Ice Dub and Wapsi Antron Sparkle dub essentially the same thing ?
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Martinlf on Sep 4, 2019September 4th, 2019, 1:28 pm EDT
Hi Brian, no I don't think so. Antron sparkle yarn, which consists of fine synthetic fiber strands is akin to zelon and other synthetics used often for shucks, parachute posts, etc. If the dubbing is made of "sparkle yarn" the antron would be used to dub fly bodies to give them a subtle reflective quality. Ice Dub is more like shredded mylar, it is more reflective and flat strands. It's often used for nymph collars and sometimes in streamer wings, among other uses. Look for YouTube videos of frenchie nymphs to see someone tying with ice dubbing. Not all frenchies have ice dubbing, but this one shows it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWsL_XDtX5I
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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Afishinado on Sep 5, 2019September 5th, 2019, 12:19 am EDT
Here is a short video discussing the features and benefits of many types of synthetic dubbing > https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=KOjpx2jmwkM
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Sep 7, 2019September 7th, 2019, 12:37 am EDT

Everything that Mr. Martin said. I use Ice dub for smaller, #8 - #10, streamer wings and throats.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Fenton, MI.

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Brian314 on Sep 14, 2019September 14th, 2019, 9:50 am EDT
Thanks all - I saw a fly pattern for a nymph using an ice dub collar - had no ice dub but did have the Wapsi Sparkle. :-)
Fenton, MI.

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Brian314 on Sep 14, 2019September 14th, 2019, 9:52 am EDT
Thanks so much and BTW - gotta love that screen name you picked out - very clever ...LOL :-)

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