Midwinter Hatches, Olives and Caddis

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Midwinter Hatches, Olives and Caddis

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What's the wing material on those beautiful caddis?
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The Novice Returns wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:20 am
What's the wing material on those beautiful caddis?
Poly wings, with a few strands of flash mixed in. It's a Dave Goulet pattern.

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Using Antron for your parachutes? I always like the blue gray antron yarn for mine. I use antron for a lot of post style wings. Hard to find the darker grays on spooled yarn though. Puglisi's Trigger Point Fibers are nice too, though very expensive. Have you tried them?
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Just saying from someone who actually fishes 12 months a year since 2012, December through March mostly in the Garden State but some home waters in the Catskills included, there's nothing, nothing at all like a #18--- maybe #20 at times--- Dorato Hare's Ear for winter dry-fly fishing....

Here's a winter No Kill Willowemoc brown that ate a small DHE of mine....

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Caneghost wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:27 am
Using Antron for your parachutes? I always like the blue gray antron yarn for mine. I use antron for a lot of post style wings. Hard to find the darker grays on spooled yarn though. Puglisi's Trigger Point Fibers are nice too, though very expensive. Have you tried them?TP Red Quill Spinner.JPG
Caneghost:
I've found the poly yarn to float like a cork, and it's quite inexpensive compared to antron or trigger point.
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Just showing what hatched on my bench. Here on the Farmington during the winter it's ether a size 22 brown winter caddis or a tiny grey midge.
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A winter trout on a dry fly in the Catskills. I bow to you sir! I have looked but, now in my second winter here, I have yet to find even one rise. I am forced to swing soft hackles, bead head soft hackles, etc. while carrying my little hidden box of midges and olives, etc. that never gets used.

I usually prowl the West Branch, what with the water temperatures being a bit more consistent than the freestones. The past two warmer days I hit the Delaware and Beaverkill. Enjoyed getting out but no sign of a rise, ever.

Found early black stones on the West last year in late Feb./early March, sitting on the surface with wings fluttering. Nothing ate them. Nothing tried.
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twistedtippet wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:03 am
Just showing what hatched on my bench. Here on the Farmington during the winter it's ether a size 22 brown winter caddis or a tiny grey midge. tt
tt... when I need tiny, 22 & 24 BWO's I rely on a simple pattern I call Slant-wing CDC's... some thread, a small Daiichi 1130 hook, a bit of body, and some downwing cdc... that's it...

FYI: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5339&hilit=cdc+slant+wing+cdc

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Eperous wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:00 pm
twistedtippet wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:03 am
Just showing what hatched on my bench. Here on the Farmington during the winter it's ether a size 22 brown winter caddis or a tiny grey midge. tt
tt... when I need tiny, 22 & 24 BWO's I rely on a simple pattern I call Slant-wing CDC's... some thread, a small Daiichi 1130 hook, a bit of body, and some downwing cdc... that's it...

FYI: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5339&hilit=cdc+slant+wing+cdc

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I do those too, just olive thread and a cdc wing for the smaller olives that come later in the season. The parachutes are for the early springtime olives which are about size 20's. They also work for paraleps.
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Re: Midwinter Hatches, Olives and Caddis

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twistedtippet wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:46 pm
Eperous wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:00 pm
twistedtippet wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:03 am
Just showing what hatched on my bench. Here on the Farmington during the winter it's ether a size 22 brown winter caddis or a tiny grey midge. tt
tt... when I need tiny, 22 & 24 BWO's I rely on a simple pattern I call Slant-wing CDC's... some thread, a small Daiichi 1130 hook, a bit of body, and some downwing cdc... that's it...

FYI: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5339&hilit=cdc+slant+wing+cdc

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Ed
I do those too, just olive thread and a cdc wing for the smaller olives that come later in the season. The parachutes are for the early springtime olives which are about size 20's. They also work for paraleps.
tt
Same page as you tt... years ago I read an article that BWO's get smaller and darker as the season progresses... and I associate those comments with icy, cold water... late season and before trout season opens...

Your flies are gorgeous ties IMO for sure... ;)

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