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by redietz
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Update on Pearsall's Gossamer
Replies: 24
Views: 491

Re: Update on Pearsall's Gossamer

Mike62 wrote:
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:05 am
I've never tied with Pearsall's black; why would black be more 'fragile' than any other color? Is it an unintended consequence of the dying process?
Yes.

Ever wonder why Stewart's Black Spider was tied with brown thread?
by redietz
Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Blue Winged Olive
Replies: 67
Views: 1155

Re: Blue Winged Olive

Good call Mike, those are in fact Merganser hens. I'm not certain why those guys shoot those, but knowing them, they don't waste any meat. I was given a drake Merganser last year that had beautiful feathers. Beautiful feathers, maybe. Back in my hunting days, I once shot a merganser. It was absolut...
by redietz
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Blue Winged Olive
Replies: 67
Views: 1155

Re: Blue Winged Olive

I don’t care for cdc much, to fragile when I’m thrashing the water. I don't either, for the same reason, but sometimes when I really want to catch just one fish -- either because it's a nice fish or I just want to avoid a skunk, the CdC will come out. I love it on wets, however. I'd fish any of the...
by redietz
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Blue Winged Olive
Replies: 67
Views: 1155

Re: Blue Winged Olive

Here is one of my go to BWOs... https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7865/47191195051_0cc9c55531_z.jpg IMGP5794 by William Lovelace , on Flickr My Owyhee Spider is basically a Stewart Spider with Olive thread on a #16 or 18 scud hook tied with 2 strands of Root Beer Krystal Flash as a shuck.It has perfor...
by redietz
Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Blue Winged Olive
Replies: 67
Views: 1155

Re: Blue Winged Olive

To be clear, I'm not advocating the wholesale use of Latin for fly names. I'd much rather call a fly a Hendrickson than Ephemeralla subvaria. The term BWO is so overused, though that you need some way to distinguish. I'm just as happy with what the hatch chart from Dette flies does -- call cornutas ...
by redietz
Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Blue Winged Olive
Replies: 67
Views: 1155

Re: Blue Winged Olive

A PMD isn't a Baetis. It's an Ephemeralla.

http://www.troutnut.com/hatch/5/Mayfly- ... -PMDs-BWOs
by redietz
Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Blue Winged Olive
Replies: 67
Views: 1155

Re: Blue Winged Olive

If you live in a place where there is only one bug (or family of bugs) called BWO, then there's no real ambiguity. Not all of us live in such a place. Growing up, I had no doubt that BWO referred to cornutas. Schweibert and Flick both called them such (in Matching the Hatch and the Streamside Guide ...
by redietz
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Blue Winged Olive
Replies: 67
Views: 1155

Re: Blue Winged Olive

Hence the BWO and the baetis should both be termed BWO's, just different sizes. The problem is, "BWO" is applied to so many different insects that it's almost meaningless. It wouldn't matter so much except that the different insects behave differently, and are often best imitated differently. It's ...
by redietz
Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: My first shad flies - might need sunglasses to view
Replies: 6
Views: 210

Re: My first shad flies - might need sunglasses to view

You're on the right track. As Hank hinted, google "shad dart" and copy those as closely as you can.

A lot of my friends pursue shad in the Potomac and the Susquehanna & tribs, but the run always seems to coincide with the Hendrickson hatch. which I can't seem to tear myself away from.
by redietz
Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:56 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Blue Winged Olive
Replies: 67
Views: 1155

Re: Blue Winged Olive

That depends on what you mean by "Blue Wing Olive" a pattern or an insect, and if the latter, which one? Cornuta? Serratella if you go back to the old vountry? Baetis?

If the last of those, I always use a pheasant tail soft hackle with a mallard covert hackle. Works top to bottom.