Author Topic: Blue Winged Olives  (Read 1972 times)

Offline wiwfmr

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Blue Winged Olives
« on: January 15, 08:45PM »
When I have managed to hit one of these hatches in full swing it is an incredible sight, and will rival any black quill hatch for numbers of duns on the water.  Blue winged olives (BWO) cover a bunch of different species of mayflies and are a great summer hatch.  Because of the different species that all fall under the name of BWO's different hatches happen all summer long and into the fall.  







BWO nymphs tend to be swimmers and hatch out to the surface film so the window of opportunity for fish to feed on them is relatively large.  I have found that during BWO hatches I have more luck on wets and emergers.    So even though there are duns all over the water I usually tend to fish a little Montreal or a pheasant tail, but for those that enjoy hooking fish on a dry here is my favourite fly for BWO's.



And here is a more traditional pattern.


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Re: Blue Winged Olives
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 08:52PM »
Awesome pictures and bug info!
Nice ties by-the-way, what is that little fellow size 22?

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Re: Blue Winged Olives
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 09:55PM »
Great information, pics and ties Tim!
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Re: Blue Winged Olives
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 10:58PM »
Great information, pics and ties Tim!

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Re: Blue Winged Olives
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 11:41PM »
They are small. Nice flies

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Re: Blue Winged Olives
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 05:49AM »
Awesome Tim

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Re: Blue Winged Olives
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 06:16AM »
Very nice Tim!

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Re: Blue Winged Olives
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 08:37AM »
great pics and flies Bugman!
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Re: Blue Winged Olives
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 06:16PM »
Thanks.

I think that is a 22 Charlie.  I tie them from about 18 to 22 in the loop wing pattern and in 16's in the Catskill style dry fly.