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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.

Male Acentrella turbida (Tiny Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Spinner Pictures

I would not like to have to match this hatch. These are the smallest mayflies I have ever seen. I used to think Caenis was the smallest adult mayfly in the west but these guys are about 4mm long. The male eyes are two toned, brown above and olive below. The abdomen is dark brown interspersed with light brown. The abdomen is clear for the anterior 2/3rd and the remainder is white. The tails are twice as long as the insect. There is only one pair of wings.

This mayfly was collected from the Touchet River in Washington on July 27th, 2011 and added to Troutnut.com by Bnewell on July 27th, 2011.

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