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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
Baetis

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 Epeorus albertae (Heptageniidae) (Pink Lady) Mayfly Nymph from the East Fork Issaquah Creek in Washington
This specimen keys to the Epeorus albertae group of species. Of the five species in that group, the two known in Washington state are Epeorus albertae and Epeorus dulciana. Of the two, albertae has been collected in vastly more locations in Washington than dulciana, suggesting it is far more common. On that basis alone I'm tentatively putting this nymph in albertae, with the large caveat that there's no real information to rule out dulciana.
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 HighFlyer (Kyle Eastland)

Troutnut.com User HighFlyer (Kyle Eastland)

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Kyle Eastland
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New to the sport, just started at the beginning of summer 08. Looking for tips and advice how to improve faster. I just caught my first "keeper", about a 9 in. Rainbow on 8/9/08. I fully intend on practicing catch and release for most catches, but I have to enjoy some of the fruits of my labor too.

As with probably most "noobs", I'm finding the fish, just not able to get them to go after my flies... or at least not the large ones. I am wide open for advice and tips, if anyone has any. Please feel free to share. As I say, I'm a "noob" right now, so I need all the advice that I can get.
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