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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 Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing this one.
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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Female Psychoglypha alascensis (Snow Sedge) Caddisfly Adult Pictures

This specimen was 22 mm.

This caddisfly was collected from Mystery Creek #178 in Idaho on September 15th, 2013 and added to Troutnut.com by Entoman on September 23rd, 2013.

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Posted by Entoman on Sep 23, 2013
Last reply on Sep 26, 2013 by Crepuscular
There were enough of these flitting around in the evening to keep the fish looking up. Anglers can easily confuse these with Dicosmoecus species (October Caddis) at this time of year, but their wings are quite different and they like gentler flows.

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Female Psychoglypha alascensis (Snow Sedge) Caddisfly Adult Pictures

Collection details
Location: Mystery Creek #178, Idaho
Date: September 15th, 2013
Added to site: September 23rd, 2013
Author: Entoman
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