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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.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
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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Martinlf on Dec 2, 2020December 2nd, 2020, 4:53 pm EST
Some streams to consider in NC might be Wilson's, the Nantahala, etc. I did a little looking and found this site. My next step, were I you, would be to find fly shops near these streams and call them. They might know about camping opportunities: https://www.planetware.com/north-carolina/top-rated-rivers-for-trout-fishing-in-north-carolina-us-nc-51.htm Searches of WV and VA for trout streams will yield similar lists, then you can search for shops. Years ago I floated the James in Virginia for smallmouth and had a great trip, camping from the canoe. I'm sure there are many opportunities out there.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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