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Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olives) Mayfly NymphBaetidae (Blue-Winged Olives) Mayfly Nymph View 10 PicturesThis male nymph is probably in its final instar (Instar: Many invertebrates molt through dozens of progressively larger and better-developed stages as they grow. Each of these stages is known as an instar. Hard-bodied nymphs typically molt through more instars than soft-bodied larvae.). The wing pads (
The wing pads on this final instar Baetidae mayfly nymph are extremely dark.
The wing pads on this final instar Baetidae mayfly nymph are extremely dark.
Wing pad: A protrusion from the thorax of an insect nymph which holds the developing wings. Black wing pads usually indicate that the nymph is nearly ready to emerge into an adult.
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are extremely black and the large turbinate (
This male Baetidae dun has slightly turbinate eyes.
This male Baetidae dun has slightly turbinate eyes.
Turbinate: Shaped like a top or elevated on a stalk; usually refers to the eyes of some adult male Baetidae mayflies which are wider near the tip than at the base.
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eyes are very apparent inside the nymph's head.
Collected June 9, 2005 from the Bois Brule River in Wisconsin
Added to Troutnut.com by on May 26, 2006

The Discussion

DarkDunJanuary 30th, 2007, 10:24 pm
Posts: 16 I see the grayish tint as more of a Salmon tint. I would tie up some variations and test them. I tie all my nymphs with a variegated coloration rather than a blend. This works on most flies and I try to match the tones to the segment(band)of the natural as you sugested. I have had much success with this approach.
MartinlfMarch 19th, 2008, 5:58 pm
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Palmyra PA

Posts: 2902
I'm back to wondering about baetis nymphs as I begin to tie them again. Does anyone have a favorite dubbing color for PA spring creeks? I'm going to try some spectrumized dubbings, and perhaps bands as DarkDun and I had been discussing. I think I'll stick with gold wire as the spaces between the segments appear lighter. I may use poly yarn for wingcases, or herl as Gary Borger recommends.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
LittleJMarch 20th, 2008, 11:11 am
Hollidaysburg Pa

Posts: 251
mottled turkey quill. IT is already banded for you.
jeff
MartinlfMarch 20th, 2008, 3:27 pm
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2902
Jeff, do you tie it as a wrapped herl nymph, like a pheasant tail, or like a Skip's Nymph, with the herl as overback? I've also been thinking of dying some Golden Pheasant tail olive. I just dyed a batch of Pheasant Tail to try some Skip's Leadbelly Nymphs. or some Olive PT's.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
LittleJMarch 20th, 2008, 5:56 pm
Hollidaysburg Pa

Posts: 251
I tie it as a wrapped herl nymph. I use it for several nymphs I just change the body shape.
jeff
ParkerJuly 18th, 2009, 11:30 am
Posts: 1How you "see" the colour on your computer monitor depends on may things and may have little to do with original colour.

For instance, yor monitor has to be profiled correctly. If you see salmon, you may have a red tint.

Also, the camera setting and profile matter, as well as any adjustments made to the photograph.

In addition the colour of light the insect was photographed in will make a difference.

Eat. Breathe. Fish.
MartinlfJuly 18th, 2009, 12:01 pm
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Palmyra PA

Posts: 2902
Good point, Parker. Thanks.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
LastchanceJuly 18th, 2009, 4:35 pm
Portage, PA

Posts: 437
When I tie my nymphs I always dunk them in a cup of water to see what the color looks like when wet. Water does change the color intensity.

Mottled turkey quill is a good baetis material.

Bruce
Shawnny3July 18th, 2009, 6:21 pm
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Pleasant Gap, PA

Posts: 1197
What Bruce says is especially important because different types of materials darken differently in water. My experience is that natural materials darken much more than synthetics do.

-Shawn
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
www.davisflydesigns.com

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