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Old 09-04-2017, 09:25 AM
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A few of these hatching on our club water yesterday. Not really seen them in previous years, so quite encouraging. I brought a couple home to try and photograph. It was half eleven last night by the time I got the camera and light box set up. I opened the wee box I had them in and lifted them out, carefully and put them on my stage. Immediately one of them flew off! The remaining one didn't like the bright lights and started scuttling towards the edge. I turned him and turned him and turned him - kept pointing his arse towards the camera!

Tried shading him from the lights with my hand until he settled. Just about got him sitting. Next issue was trying to get a sharp shot with good depth of field with low ISO. Needed about a 1 sec exposure for all that, and the problem was his breathing. You would never notice it with the naked eye, but magnify it up and as it breathes in and out, its whole body pulses with the rhythm, so you get motion blur in the shot.

Tried a couple of different settings...

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I turned out the lights and left him sitting on the stage and went to bed. I thought, if he's still sitting there in the morning, he should be well-settled and I can have a more concerted effort. Got up and checked, and he was in the exact same spot I left him last night. Great! So, I went and made myself a coffee, and came back... to find he had flown-off. Try finding a rogue sepia spinner on the loose in the house.

For anyone who wants to copy the colour of the abdomen, I took several sample readings while I was processing the shots in Adobe Camera Raw, and they average out somewhere around:

R 85
G 50
B 0

Plugged those into the Pantone colour finder, and it gives this...

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It's er... sepia.

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Old 09-04-2017, 03:36 PM
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That's some going for a great photo Col.
I've had some good fishing in a sepia hatch, it only lasts a short time though so you have to change very quickly, nymph, dun then spinner. Best patterns for all are those devised by CF Walker in "Lake Flies And Their Imitation". Only ever caught browns on them.
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A great photograph Col. You know what they say never work with children or animals or in your case insects.
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Hi', Col, A couple of nice shots, and yes, it can be very difficult getting flies to sit still for close-up images.In the 1980s i did a lot of close-up work, and the big drawback then was that i was using a Pentax LX 35mm SLR - a great camera, but I had to wait for my slides to see the results -- not like today, when you can view your results immediately.
It's annoying when you find that a nicely focused fly has a leg missing or a bit of tail whisk broken off. Chasing them around in a transparent cage with a piece of wire inserted through a small hole in order to get the right pose can be very frustrating and time -consuming.
Your 'he' is a she, by the way. No claspers at the back end. Cheers, and thanks for the pics. TerryC
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Your 'he' is a she, by the way. No claspers at the back end. Cheers, and thanks for the pics. TerryC
Cheers, Terry - thanks for clarification of sex. It's a default of mine - dunno why, when traditionally everything with no particular gender is 'it' or 'she'. I just tend to call all 'less than obvious' animals 'he'.

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A few of these hatching on our club water yesterday. Not really seen them in previous years, so quite encouraging.

It's er... sepia.

Col
We used to have a few Sepias hatching out at Wharncliffe but never in any great numbers. I did read somewhere that they never hatch in sufficient numbers to instigate a rise.
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... never in any great numbers.
Pretty much what my mate was saying about them.

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... I did read somewhere that they never hatch in sufficient numbers to instigate a rise.
The thing about our water is that it is upland, peaty, with very little water-borne fly life, so the fish are opportunists, taking whatever comes their way. One beetle can land and get eaten by a fish. So, even if only a few are hatching, there is a chance they will get taken. End of the day, I'm just glad to see something hatching!

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Depends on the place I suppose. Many moons ago I fished Loch Chon in a hatch of Sepia Duns and the fish were rising everywhere to them. The next lot to hatch really gets the fish going though and I never fail to catch when I see them on the loch, I'm referring to the Claret Dun.

Sepia Dun male

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Sepia Dun female

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