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WbranchJuly 24th, 2007, 7:37 am
York & Starlight PA

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Have any of the tiers here ever compared their success ratio with flies tied with and without gills? I'm not much of a nymph fisher anymore but will resort to that approach if it is obvious the riseforms are to subsurface life cycles. I've tied gills on larger hook sizes like #10 - #14 but it gets dicey on #16 - #18. I was wondering if ribbing on a nicely tapered abdomen wouldn't be enough to offer the appearance of gills.

I looked at the photo of the Dorothea nymph on the "Aquatic Insects" page and it appears to have distinct gills of a much lighter color than the abdomen. Any thoughts on this? Thanks in advance.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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