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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.

Lateral view of a Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
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 Ranny (James Waldrop)

Troutnut.com User Ranny (James Waldrop)

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James Waldrop
Satsuma, Fl.
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I used a bait seine and a potato rake to get helgramites.set the seine up down stream and rake all through the rocks above and would be plenty in the seine. Kept them in a half gallon can with wet leaves.
I grew up in upstate South Carolina and fished all through the "Horse Pasture" and the Jocassee Valley before it was flooded and it was some of the best trout fishing ever.Still go back and fish Chatooga and Chauga rivers and several other streams. Mostly use a 7 foot fly rod or ultra light spinning outfit.
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