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Caenis (Angler's Curses) Mayfly NymphCaenis (Angler's Curses) Mayfly Nymph View 4 Pictures
Collected June 8, 2005 from the Namekagon River in Wisconsin
Added to Troutnut.com by on May 26, 2006

The Discussion

Flytyer0423August 2nd, 2009, 9:05 pm
germansville PA

Posts: 14
i was just wondering why they call this fly a angler's curse?
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GONZOAugust 2nd, 2009, 9:40 pm
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"Bear Swamp," PA

Posts: 1681
Flytyer0423,

I believe the name was coined by British chalkstream anglers. At the time it was coined, fly-tying hooks were not made in sizes that could match these tiny mayflies. Even with an appropriate imitation, they often hatch in such great numbers that the fly is hopelessly lost among them. The Brits also call them "Broadwings" (often preceded by "those bloody...").

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