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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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LenH on Mar 5, 2008March 5th, 2008, 8:55 am EST

It's Wednesday and I looked at the weather report and its supposed to snow all day here.

It was about 11:30am and I am looking out my picture window and it is still snowing like crazy....

When the sun peeks out and illuminates the hard snow.

I took it as a sign to get off my butt and go see my 80 year old mother. I usually make the 45 minute trek every Wednesday and see how she is doing.

There is lots of good trout water on the way there.

I stopped here.

The snow is knee deep and it is snowing so hard I thought.....

NOT gonna hit my favorite hole.

Thought....... I am by myself and it is snowing so hard, even if i caught a decent trout i couldn't take a photo of the fish because it might ruin my camera.

I snapped this out my vehicle window.

I viewed it on my camera for a while and the urge overtook me...

Out I went across the field....leaving my camera behind.

Second cast into my favorite hole i was rewarded with a very fat female brown.

She took quite a while to land and was large.

The snow was coming down hard.......
I named her Suzy...
I told her i would be back again when it wasn't snowing...
The fish swam away....
I took no photo......
It felt good leaving the camera in the vehicle............................

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