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The Specimen

Baetis (Blue-Winged Olives) Mayfly DunBaetis (Blue-Winged Olives) Mayfly Dun View 7 PicturesThis little early-season dun molted into this spinner after I photographed her.
Collected April 19, 2006 from Mongaup Creek in New York
Added to Troutnut.com by on April 21, 2006

The Discussion

DarkDunJanuary 16th, 2007, 11:28 am
Posts: 16Hook:#20
Thread: Deep Brown 8/0
Wings: Dark Dun
Tails: Dark Dun Split
Abdomen: Stripped Dark brown hackle
Thorax:Rusty Brown Dubbing
Legs: Light Brown or Cree hackle tied sparse

Does this sound good? Would like to here some comments about successful paterns
TroutnutJanuary 16th, 2007, 3:36 pm
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Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2547
Looks pretty good. I'm not sure I would use rusty brown dubbing, though -- maybe mix about 2/3 rusty brown, 1/3 medium gray/dun. It'll look a bit too light and get darker in the water.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
TroutnutJanuary 16th, 2007, 3:36 pm
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Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2547
Looks pretty good. I'm not sure I would use rusty brown dubbing, though -- maybe mix about 2/3 rusty brown, 1/3 medium gray/dun. It'll look a bit too light and get darker in the water.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
MartinlfJanuary 16th, 2007, 4:37 pm
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Palmyra PA

Posts: 2925
Take a look at Fly-Fishing Pressured Water, by Lloyd Gonzales, aka Gonzo. I've been tying his patterns, trying all the mayfly styles that seem appropriate for baetis.

Here is another, Rs2 style emerger I like, but I sometimes use a biot for the body. I like the tail sparse to imitate the shuck. This works as a wet fly also.

Hook- Tiemco 921 16-20. Measure this short hook to get the right size for the fly.
Tail-dun CDC or aftershaft feathers. Tie in a
Clump 3/4 as long as the hook shank and secure it at the
Bend of the hook. Wind the thread forward to form a thin tapered body.
Tie in a clump of stripped CDC or aftershaft feather to form the
Wing Sprouts. Or use CDC tips. The wing should be 1/2 the length of the hook shank. You can tie in longer and trim. Whip finish.

adapted from: Little Lehigh Flyshop

scroll down a bit to find the original pattern
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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