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Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.

Another fun day running around the West, and my first goofy attempt at Euro nymphing

By Troutnut on August 2nd, 2020
I fished from 7:30 am to 2:00 pm in the area I had hoped to fish the night before, if I hadn't see too many vehicles. I was the first one there, but a couple other guys arrived soon. I walked pretty far from the parking area, and I started fishing. upstream. I worked upstream with dries and nymphs, seeing no early action, but spooking a few good fish. Finally I saw one before it saw me, and I successfully targeted it with a perdigon-like nymph ("Spanish Bullet") under an indicator. That was the beginning of a great morning chasing big cutthroat.

My uncanny success with a nymph made for tight-line or Euro nymphing, despite using it on my usual 5-weight with a typical indicator, motivated me to finally give my new Euro nymphing rod and reel a try at my evening stop, the Big Lost River near Mackay, Idaho. I left my normal rod in the car and walked a good distance down to the river, committing to flailing around with the new technique and seeing what happens. Some good fish were rising, and nothing was touching my nymphs. I tied on a dry, flailed it around on the end of a very long leader of lightweight monofilament, and somehow managed to fool a 15" rainbow. Interesting way to inaugurate the new rod!

Photos by Troutnut from Mystery Creek #237 and the Big Lost River in Montana and Idaho

Closeup insects by Troutnut from the East Fork Big Lost River in Idaho

Female Ephemerella excrucians (Pale Morning Dun) Mayfly Dun
This "specimen" is actually two different duns, one missing the middle front and back left legs, the other missing the terminal filament i.e. middle tail. I added them together by accident, but since they're the same species, stage, and gender, I might as well leave them together.
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