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Old 02-08-2012, 08:00 PM
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Default Why do they call it blue winged olive?

What does a blue winged olive supposed to mimic? A mayfly spinner? Why do they call this particular fly or bug a "blue winged olive?" Why don't they just call it baetis or mayfly? Are there any popular dry flies just simply called "mayfly?"

Sorry this is probably an extreme newbie question, but I've never understood the name and what a BWO is supposed to resemble. It seems that every fly shop has their own many versions of BWO's, and they look quite different from each other. And almost never do they have blue wings.
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BWOs are named after insects with olive bodies and bluish wings, to the best of my knowledge. I had one land on me a few weeks back. The only hatches I've seen otherwise have been midges. The BWO hatch was in Kentucky fishing with MBPhotos/Mike
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Default Re: Why do they call it blue winged olive?

AJ has got that pretty well, they are a Mayfly with many sub species but all are in the family batis. Usually mimicked with the olive or olive / brown bodies and any combination of slate gray to light blue dun hackle tips as wings. Do a search and you'll find both the real bug and many patterns for imitation.

Essentially what AJ said

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Default Re: Why do they call it blue winged olive?

Here's a link to more information on Olives than any one person needs to know

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Default Re: Why do they call it blue winged olive?

There's many, many Mayflys.. (wiki says 630 species in North America)

BWOs - probably are just really common. And it's easier to say than Baetis

Another, PMDs (Pale Morning Dun, genus Ephemerella) are one of my favorite. I'm sure I'm calling some Mayflys BWO or PMDs and they're not.. but probably close enough for me and the trout)

A Baetis, could be a spinner, dun, emerger.. any stage in it's life-cycle..

Learn the basic stages.. and can really help you get a feeling for what stage the trout are eating, and what artificial fly might entice the trout.
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Default Re: Why do they call it blue winged olive?

what they said, the 'blue' come from the blue-grey aka dun color of the wings.
Nice question, as i'm sure a lot of folks wonder but never actually ask!
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Default Re: Why do they call it blue winged olive?

If you look reeeeeeal close, there's a size 16ish BWO in the curve of my thumb.
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Default Re: Why do they call it blue winged olive?

I hope you had a size 18 to attach that sucker to, AJ.
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Default Re: Why do they call it blue winged olive?

I find the best idea would be to research a little about the mayflies life cycle.
May flies lay their eggs on top of the water, they sink down. Then grow to a nymph, then emerge from the bottom to the surface to brake free of there shuck and become a dun. Then they go through a nother stage on a branch, plant ect and brake through their exoskeleton. they have new wings, organs and don't even have a mouth to eat. They are now mating and will become "spinners" to lay there eggs and die. Males just die obviously.

Blue wing olives are a species of mayflies. Many of these hatches occur in spring and in the fall again, but can hatch throughout summer, as the temps and other facters allow. Think of a dog. there are many types of dogs, setters, terriers. There are even subspecies of those kinds of dogs, like english setters and irish setters ect. I think this will help you.
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Default Re: Why do they call it blue winged olive?

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what they said, the 'blue' come from the blue-grey aka dun color of the wings.
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That blue is actually color that tiers call dun ,but that first one who made this fly probably had color of steel on his mind and that steel blue term is still common ...
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