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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 Onocosmoecus (Limnephilidae) (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen keys pretty easily to Onocosmoecus, and it closely resembles a specimen from Alaska which caddis expert Dave Ruiter recognized as this genus. As with that specimen, the only species in the genus documented in this area is Onocosmoecus unicolor, but Dave suggested for that specimen that there might be multiple not-yet-distinguished species under the unicolor umbrella and it would be best to stick with the genus-level ID. I'm doing the same for 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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The (frozen) shore of Lake Huron
Some hard water indeed
Some little critter had to check it out!
Frozen waves???
Ice shingles???
Waxy-looking icicles on the pier...yes it was slippery and yes I was careful!!!
Can't tell from this pic but these are oldsquaw, a.k.a. long-tailed ducks, not a pintail but similar tail!
Frozen lake
Finally, my backyard
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Jmd123 on Mar 2, 2021March 2nd, 2021, 3:15 am EST
Okay, been a while since I've posted a nice photo story. So...here's the first of three! Time to catch up...

Like most of you, we have been getting the deep freeze lately, which has put a crimp in my winter sports season. Getting older doesn't help either, nor does having a very drafty house (with mice and ants to boot - moving this summer, buying my own house, but that's another story...). Nevertheless, winter can be quite beautiful, as you can see in these shots at the mouth of the Au Sable River. Plus I saw at least one male and several females of oldsquaw or long-tailed duck, a new one on my "life list" (& I'm not even really a birder!). This particular day was a bit warmer & less windy, plus some hot food & drink in my tummy helped (a thermos of hot tea is part of my standard ice-fishing gear).

The next two stories will feature warmer climates, I promise! But this is what it looks like around here right now for the most part...enjoy! Jason, does this remind you of Alaska?

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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