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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.

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 Sundula (Ben)

Troutnut.com User Sundula (Ben)

Real Name
Ben
Location
Littleton, Colorado
Biography & Thoughts
I began flyfishing in 1994, I have been fishing my whole life I started in my grandfather's pond in rural Ohio with a stick, line, hook and bread for bait in search of bluegill. I evolved from a bait slinger to spin fishing, and from there flyfishing, the natural progression. I landed my first trout on a flyrod in a very small mountain creek on a weekend camping trip with my parents, it was a 6" brook trout. I was hooked immediatly. The Christmas of 1994 I received a fly tying kit and began wrapping hooks and have never turned back.
My home river is the South Platte I live 5 minutes away from Waterton Canyon, I am fortunate to be within 2 hours of several of Colorado's great trout waters; Eleven Mile Canyon, Cheesman Canyon, Deckers, Spinney,and the Dream Stream. I also enjoy fishing the Arkansas River, and the Colorado. In the summer months I head to the high country and fish the alpine lakes and high mountain streams. I mainly nymph fish, but jump at the chance to throw a dry when the situation arrises. I have only been nymphing for 3 years now, and this year (2006) I have improved exponentually with a little advise from a "seasoned veteran" at my favorite fly shop, "If your not picking moss your not catching fish, add more weight, and cast to where the fish are!" That simple advice has improved my sucess a ton (the conversation was more involved than the quote but that was the meat of it). Thank you Mike, and Dick, if anyone is planning a trip to the Denver area to sample the South Platte I have to recomend their shop, Anglers All 5211 S. Santa Fe Dr. Littleton, CO 80120, or visit them on the web at anglersall.com.
See you on the river and tight lines to all!

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