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Saturday morning, September 23 was cold and overcast. Michael and I decided to take a drive over to Wade Lake  West of $3.00 Bridge. He had spent a warm July day there with Aimee a couple of years back and wanted me to check it out since I had never been there…

Heading towards $3.00 Bridge …

Further West on the road to Wade Lake…

Getting out to stretch and look around…

Wade Lake is down there…

There are some real trophy fish in this as well as nearby Cliff Lake but we didn’t come to fish and were the only people there on this day…

Nope, nothing rising…

A dock for launching watercraft…

It was a little frosty across the lake…

Heading back out towards $3.00 Bridge…

Big sky in Montana…

Look South on the Madison River from &3.00 Bridge…

A close up view upriver, on the Madison…

Quake Lake on the way to the Madison River between the lakes…looks like we may get some sunshine…

The Madison between Hebgen and Quake Lakes…yay sunshine !!!

The Madison towards Quake Lake…

A perched Osprey who was fishing the same water as we were…

The Osprey was checking out this stretch of river and could care less about out presence…

Another perspective…

Michael works a streamer…

While I roam around and take some additional photos…

The tree without the Osprey…he was fishing...:-)

Two “Old Loners” on the Madison…

More water that Michael worked his streamer through…Here…

…and Here…

So Michael catches a Whitefish…

…and gets his left arm soaking wet in the process…

We pack up and head back downriver to $3.oo Bridge…

…and see this fellow where all the scree and talus is located in the photo above…

Arriving back a the starting point above $3.00 Bridge in the late afternoon…

Michael wants to give my Winston BIIIX Super 10′, 5wt. a workout…

Going for it…

Well now…a skinny Rainbow…

My turn…

Then this guy…

On a #20 Shop Vac…the thread version on the left…

From this spot…

Throwin’ some shade on that guy…

$3.00 Bridge at sunset…

Looking West at sunset…

Last guys in the parking lot…as usual…

End of a good day !!!

 

NEXT: Last day on the Madison…

 

 

PT/TB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So these  will be emergers, duns and maybe a spinner or two along with more detailed information on the little guys that are available almost year round and the most important May Fly hatch perhaps anywhere…Gary LaFontaine had a book in the works, at one time, on Blue Winged Olives. It was never completed prior to his passing. I would have definitely enjoyed having a copy of THAT…Here are some great resources for learning more about the Baetis Complex…books and links…

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My first book on Mayflies…and still a good one…

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A must…

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Shane Stalcup’s classic…

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…another classic from Swisher & Richards…

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A recent publish that has excellent informations and BWO patterns with recipes…

These links provide a primer on Blue Winged Olives…one may notice a few of my fly patterns included in the photos from Fly Fishing Traditions:

Baetis Complex – Part I

Baetis Complex – Part II

Baetis Complex – Part III

Baetis Complex – Part IV

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Completed BAETIS BOX…and a little something from Rick Hafele on BWO’s:

Hafele’s Bug Blog

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Winston BORON IIIX SUPER 10, 5wt. – Hatch  4 Plus Finatic…

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Frozen MOO…

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PQ BWO PARA EMERGER …

HOOK: TMC 206BL, #16 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive/Brown

ABDOMEN: Polish Quill, Olive – * Coat with UV Resin for durability and Bling

THORAX: Superfine Dry Fly Dubbing – BWO

POST: Blue Dun McFlylon #.24

HACKLE: Dun

Michael likes his dry flies, so this is a hanging emerger for his use. I gots to tie more Mayfly emergers on this hook…me likee…

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Materials PQ BWO PARA EMERGER…

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PQ BWO PARA EMERGERs …# 20’s…

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Baetis water…0 degrees at the 45th. parallel – halfway between the North Pole and the Equator…

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BWO PARA SPINNER – Schollmeyer/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #16 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

TAIL: Micro Fibetts, Light Dun

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, Rust

POST: White Poly Yarn

HACKLE: Dun

A simple Jim Schollmeyer spinner pattern when one encounters them and the Trout are receptive to flush floaters…

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Materials BWO PARA SPINNER…

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BWO PARA SPINNERS…#20’s…

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CHART DOT I.C.U. BAETIS – McCormick./ Variant …

HOOK:  TMC 2488, #20

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Olive – Thorax Forward

SHUCK: Zelon, Dun

POST: Rainy’s Parachute Post ( foam cylinder), Chartreuse, 1/16″

THORAX: Orvis Spectrablend – Olive Gray

WING(s): Zelon – Dun

Another Bucky McCormick pattern from Blue Ribbon Flies for these old eyes to see…

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Materials CHART DOT I.C.U. BAETIS …

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CHART DOT I.C.U. BAETIS…#20’s…

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BUCKY’S KLINKHAMMER SHUCKIN’ BAETIS …

HOOK: McCormick/Variant- Daiichi 1167, #18 – #20

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive – Abdomen / Thorax Forward, Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Dark Olive Dun

ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier, Olive

RIB: Lagartun Copper Wire, x-fie – * Coat with Hard As Hull for durability

POST: Poly Yarn, Orange

THORAX: Dark Tan Beaver

Bucky McCormick, of Blue Ribbon Flies, ties this pattern as a Midge. I have adapted it for an emerging Baetis…

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Materials BUCKY’S KLINKHAMMER SHUCKIN’ BAETIS…

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BUCKY’S KLINKHAMMER SHUCKIN’ BAETIS…#20’s…

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A visit to SPOOL CITY

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PQ BAETIS EMERGER – Barr/Pennington Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Zelon, Amber

ABDOMEN: Polish Quill, Olive – * Coat with UV Resin

OVER/WINGCASE: 2 strands Holographic Mylar Motion, Black, 1/32″

WINGCASE/LEGS: Fluoro Fiber, Brown or Black, 16 strands or less depending on hook size * Coat Mylar Motion with UV Resin

This is a composite of John Barr’s BWO Emerger and Carl Pennington’s Biot Emerger ,using a Black Holographic wing case. Why Black ??? Because BWO’s are most active when their wing cases darken, just prior to hatching…This pattern is meant to be fished from the bottom of the water column to just under the surface. Grease thy leader or hang it off a larger dry pattern…I prefer the wing case be pronounced as a trigger…

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Materials PQ BAETIS EMERGER…

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PQ BAETIS EMERGERs…#20’s…

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SPANFLEX CDC CDL OLIVE BAETIS EMERGER …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 – #20

THREAD: Underabdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax Forward, Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Whiting CDL Fibers

WING: Marc Petitjean Blue Dun CDC tips * tied in opposed

THORAX: Superfine BWO Dubbing – BWO

LEGS: * ( not Pictured ) Coq De Leon, Light Speckled – Hareline …and yes, there is a big difference between the Whiting and Spanish CDL

This is a pattern that sits with the abdomen just below the surface film. It is meant for slick, slow water below riffles…

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Materials SPANFLEX CDC CDL OLIVE BAETIS EMERGER….

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SPANFLEX CDC CDL OLIVE BAETIS EMERGERs…# 18’s….

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FOAM BIOT EMERGER BWO – Bill Black/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax Forward – Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive/Brown

ABDOMEN: UV2 Turkey Biot – fringed side out

WINGCASE/BURST WING: Razor Foam, Translucent Dun , 1mm or .5MM -sized to hook

LEGS: Dyed Brown Partridge, V-Notched

This is a Bill Black pattern. He was the President of Spirit River and the developer of the UV2 products. That company no longer exists. They were acquired by Hareline this past Fall (2016). This is an excellent floating emerger pattern for slick water…

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Materials FOAM BIOT EMERGER BWO…

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FOAM BIOT EMERGERs BWO…#18’s…

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In hand, on the East Walker River…

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DOA BWO CRIPPLE (Olive/Gray) – Nyman/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 103BL, #17 -#21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Zelon, Olive/Brown

ABDOMEN: Micro Fine Dry Fly Dub, Gray/Olive

BURST WINGCASE/WING: EP Trigger Point Int’l.  – Dun or Black (for those Gray Days)

Hackle: Dun, clipped so it rides low

This is a version of Rowan Nyman’s pattern tied on a TMC 103BL hook. This is an older pattern that was first presented by Blue Ribbon Flies awhile ago. It still works, real good, when Trout are feeding on cripples, in the surface film…

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Materials DOA BWO CRIPPLE (Olive/Gray)…

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DOA BWO CRIPPLEs (Olive/Gray)…#21’s…

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CDL TPI PARACHUTE BWO …

HOOK:  TMC 102Y, #17 – #21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dun

ABDOMEN: Orvis Spectrablend Dry Fly – BWO

POST: Enrique Puglisi Trigger Point Into. Fibers Dun (BWO) or color of choice

HACKLE: Dun

Just a simple little BWO parachute for darker BWO hatches. I find that the BWO’s on the East Walker River tend to have a deeper Olive color than those, lower down, on the Owens River, below Pleasant Valley Reservoir. The Fl. Orange post is for me and the Dun post for Big MOO and Ally…they have better eyes…I am a big fan of this hook because of it’s color and wide gape…

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Materials CDL TPI PARACHUTE BWO…

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CDL TPI PARACHUTE BWOs… #19’s…

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Fill’er up…

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UV2 BROOK’S SPROUT BWO – Bob Brooks/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #16 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn – Olive/Brown

ABDOMEN: Premo Goose Biot, BWO

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry – BWO

POST: Rainy’s Parachute Post (Foam Cylinder), White or color of choice, 1/16″

HACKLE: Dun

Bob Brooks developed this style pattern for Midges and small May Fly hatches when he was the river keeper on Hot Creek in the Eastern Sierras. This pattern has found wide-spread use throughout the world since it’s inception. With the shuck, it imitates an merging BWO…

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Materials UV2 BROOK’S SPROUT BWO…

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UV2 BROOK’S SPROUT BWOs…#20’s…

 

NEXT: Up the road with MOO then a smattering of patterns which will be done individually and not for a complete box…

 

PT/TB

 

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