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Lateral view of a Male Baetis (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #43 in New York
Blue-winged Olives

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.

Dorsal view of a Sweltsa (Chloroperlidae) (Sallfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This species was fairly abundant in a February sample of the upper Yakima.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Troutnut.com User Brett (Brett Billings)

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Brett Billings
Martinsburg, WV
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I am a US Fish & Wildlife Video producer, amateur fly tyer and novice entomologist. Master's project was "An Aquatic Bioassessment of the Cumberland River Tailwater in Southcentral, Kentucky (2004)" through Eastern Kentucky University. Primary advisor was Dr. Guenter Schuster, well-known expert on caddisflies, crayfishes and mussels. I give occasional talks to regional fishing groups and school groups, so I try to stay up on my "bug-ology." Other interests include photography, exploring Appalachian trout streams with my wife, Shelly, and making the occasional fishing rod.
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