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Old 12-19-2009, 09:06 PM
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I've been putting two biots out front on these flies but I just finished reading A.K. Best's book and he says leave them off the nymph because the actual insect folds the antennae back while swimming. New to me.
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I've been putting two biots out front on these flies but I just finished reading A.K. Best's book and he says leave them off the nymph because the actual insect folds the antennae back while swimming. New to me.
I just watched a Scottish guy on you tube the other day make a caddis nymph. He used pheasant tail fibers for the antennae, and folded them back down the fly. At the time I thought "Odd, I've never seen antennae done that way." Now you post this. I may have to rethink the whole antenna thing.

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It took me a bit to relocate the video, but here it is. It's kind of interesting to see their take on a caddis. At the end, notice the antennae are pointing to the back end of the fly.
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Old 12-20-2009, 09:06 AM
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Default Re: Stonefly nymph antennae

Stick w/ the Biot's but try tying them in back of head the way I do here

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Default Re: Stonefly nymph antennae

I quit putting the front antennae on stoneflies a long time ago...Now if I do want to, I use small dark rubber legs...I have started playing with using the same item for the tails...

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Default Re: Stonefly nymph antennae

I concur, little round rubber makes excellent stonefly tail's, leg's, and antennae.
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Default Re: Stonefly nymph antennae

Huron River Dan- I guess that was my point- are those of us going to the trouble of putting on antennae wasting our time if the nymph folds them back while swimming. Since you stopped putting them on have you noticed any change in how the fly works?
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Default Re: Stonefly nymph antennae

Not at all...If you think about it, I always think riffles when I'm fishing stoneflies; in those conditions a trout or Steelhead isn't going to see antennae even if you do tye them on.

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