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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.

Dorsal view of a Kogotus (Perlodidae) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
This one pretty clearly keys to Kogotus, but it also looks fairly different from specimens I caught in the same creek about a month later in the year. With only one species of the genus known in Washington, I'm not sure about the answer to this ID.
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 Feb 3, 2021February 3rd, 2021, 1:00 pm EST
I'm partial to the 10' length, but have not yet tried the 11' extension for my Drift rod. Most of the streams I fish are smaller than the San Juan, though. The extra foot may not sound like much, but it does make a difference between 9' and 10'. Ultimately these sort of things often come down to personal preference and what someone has gotten used to. Do you know someone with a 10' and an 11' rod that you might borrow for a bit to compare and see what you think?
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Martinlf on Feb 4, 2021February 4th, 2021, 2:12 am EST
A local shop may be able to let you handle and cast different rods. A guide may have different rods to try as well. Best of luck.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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Wbranch on Feb 4, 2021February 4th, 2021, 2:43 am EST
Tangina20 wrote;

I feel like that isn’t too much different from my 9’ rod.


A 10' rod is 11% longer and quite a significant length gain when you are high sticking or tight lining. I typically used to steelhead fish with a 9' rod. When I went to a 10' #6 I found it was so much easier to roll cast and to perform upriver mends. I don't own any Euro nymph rods but if I did I would probably stick with nothing longer than 10' 6" or lighter than a #3 line.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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