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    Mayflies

    The book Mayflies by Malcolm Knopp and Robert Cormier is a great addition and compliment to Hatches 11 by Al Caucci.

    Compared to hatches this book I think goes deeper into the numerous stages of emergence and how important it can be at times to the angler.The numerous stages are explained as well as the techniques that should be employed.They get away from the typical 4 stages which has always been nymph,emerger,dun,and spinner.

    After reading the book some of you may realize that it can be much more than just the basic 4.

    As some of you know,especially you Delaware "guys" the fish eat whats most vunerable and numerous at the time.

    It may be the nymphs drifting along the bottom? the nymphs ascending to the surface in a particular manner?Or maybe its the fish being keyed in on the emerger below the film? in the film? or coming through the film?cripples?or even various stages of the spinner fall?

    Anyway I thought someone out there may be interested in a great addtion to your library.


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    Thankx for the info Joe. I've heard that the book is even better than Hatches.....(?) now, based on the fact that a whole bunch of the Latin names of the bugs were changed...(???) recently? Or something like that...........can you fill me in. I heard that the book Mayflies is more accurate than Hatches? Is that right? mark

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    Joe,

    Renee Harrop of Henrys Fork fame has developed a series of patterns tied with CDC to emulate these intermediate mayfly forms. In addition to the standard four he includes his transitional nymph, captive dun and transitional dun. An interesting article on these flies can be found in the February 1994 issue of Fly Fisherman magazine, p.40. In addition, Harrop has a comprehensive video on the life cycle of the mayfly to include these transitional patterns and step by step tying sequences. The video is one of the Hooked on Fly Tying series by Jim and Kelly Watt. A similar tape on caddisflies and their transitional forms and their respective patterns is also available. Rumor has it that Harrop has written a book which will be released this spring.

    Jeff Sanders


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    Thanks Joe, I'll definetely add this one to my small collection!

    Pictures taken before/after/during fly fishing:
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    Sounds like a great book.

    Amazon has it used for a little as $1.93.


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    Mayflies is the next book on my list to read. Just finished Caddisflies by Gary Lafontaine and am now reading Emergers by Swisher and Richards. Great stuff.


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    I just ordered my copy... Cost me 16 bux!

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    This is a very good book. I have gone back to it many times.

    I'm glad it's on my shelf.

    Mike


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    Mark.

    I dont want to say its better than hatches,since hatches is a great book and in some ways has paved the road for others in the future to expand upon..

    Its a great compliment to hatches.

    Yes there are quite a few name changes in Mayflies.Its only due to the fact that with DNA technology today scientists have come to find that many Genera and species where of the same so to speak.

    Example Fuscum which is gray fox is no more.It was found that fuscum is really a smaller version of Vicarium (March brown).

    Also many of the Genera and species that belong to the family Baetidae have been re-named and re-classified.

    Is it imporatnt to the angler?No Not really: unless your into the bug thing as I am.

    Jeff

    Where can I get my hands on the tapes?Thanks JOE.T

    Also great talking with you: looking forward to fishing with you and Aaron this spring.


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    Guess they only had one at the cheap price. Sorry Dennis.


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    Thankx Joe.........you did it again. Made things much clearer. mark

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    I've had a copy of Mayflies for a year or two ...great book. Another two to suggest... Cripples and Spinners by Kelly Gallop and Midge Majic... by ?... Name escapes me for the moment. I'm sure someone can fill me in. Favorite all time books are Hatches and CaddisFlies.

    "That wasn't your fly... was it?

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