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GooseDecember 22nd, 2006, 6:41 am
Posts: 77Hi Troutnut! Do you have a photo of a cress bug on a rock or something so I can see what it looks like in a naked-eye sort of way? You have several very close shots, which are neat, but I can't really see what they look like in a stream environment. Thanks

Merry Christmas to all!
TroutnutDecember 22nd, 2006, 10:23 am
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Bellevue, WA

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I don't have any onstream underwater photos of sowbugs/cressbugs yet. I do have one or two of scuds, though.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
Jlh42581January 9th, 2007, 9:34 am
Milesburg, Pa

Posts: 24
If you want to make an AWSOME cress bug.

Get yourself a size 20 tiemco caddis pupa hook and load it with gray dubbing and then trim, do not shell back it or add legs
Jeremy
MartinlfJanuary 9th, 2007, 5:25 pm
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Palmyra PA

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Amen, though you can also tie them bigger, especially for stained or high water.

I like Muskrat fur, and ofen leave it spiky, at least on one side, to suggest legs, unless I do the Ed Shenk thing and spin fur in a dubbing loop and trim to a generally flat shape on the bottom, convex on the top.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
TroutnutJanuary 9th, 2007, 8:38 pm
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Bellevue, WA

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Yeah, they can be a lot bigger than size 20, probably even up to size 12 in a caddis hook.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
Jlh42581January 11th, 2007, 9:16 am
Milesburg, Pa

Posts: 24
My most productive is a 20

I carry them 14-26

At 26 they dont look like much but they have saved the day more then once.
Jeremy
MartinlfJanuary 11th, 2007, 10:13 am
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Palmyra PA

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Jeremy, how do you trim up your fly? Do you ever pick out the guard hairs and leave it spiky?
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
GooseJanuary 11th, 2007, 10:55 am
Posts: 77Troutnut: I have some digitals of cress bugs if you'd like them. I can send them to you and you can use what you want. They are from Central, PA. Just let me know how I can forward them to you. I suppose Jpegs. are the best way. I could attach them to an email.
Jlh42581January 17th, 2007, 2:26 pm
Milesburg, Pa

Posts: 24
I use a very spikey dubbing to begin with. Died hares ear or some other natural. I prefer possum as its REALLY spikey. Sometimes i dont pick it or trim it. just wrap it on. I really found you dont need a shellback and the ones without shellbacking prove better for me.

It goes along the lines of somthing i once read.
"The best imitation of a fly looks the same from every angle"

I pick the sides and trim to get the shape, cut the top and bottom flat.
Jeremy

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