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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 Ephemerella mucronata (Ephemerellidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This is an interesting one. Following the keys in Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019) and Jacobus et al. (2014), it keys clearly to Ephemerella. Jacobus et al provide a key to species, but some of the characteristics are tricky to interpret without illustrations. If I didn't make any mistakes, this one keys to Ephemerella mucronata, which has not previously been reported any closer to here than Montana and Alberta. The main character seems to fit well: "Abdominal terga with prominent, paired, subparallel, spiculate ridges." Several illustrations or descriptions of this holarctic species from the US and Europe seem to match, including the body length, tarsal claws and denticles, labial palp, and gill shapes. These sources include including Richard Allen's original description of this species in North America under the now-defunct name E. moffatae in Allen RK (1977) and the figures in this description of the species in Italy.
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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"Casting To The Shadows"  Original watercolor.
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Softhackle on Mar 27, 2008March 27th, 2008, 5:31 am EDT
Hi All,
I've been getting kind of anxious, lately. In my case, painting helps. So, I thought I'd share my latest with you.

Mark
"I have the highest respect for the skilled wet-fly fisherman, as he has mastered an art of very great difficulty." Edward R. Hewitt

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Jjlyon01 on Mar 27, 2008March 27th, 2008, 5:34 am EDT
WOW!! I wish I had a talent such as yours. I am awful at drawing and most other forms of "mainstream" art, but wow this really makes me appreciate the art of fly fishing even more.
"I now walk into the wild"
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Softhackle on Mar 27, 2008March 27th, 2008, 5:57 am EDT
Hi Jamie,
I am an alumni of Syracuse University-College of Visual and Performing Arts. How are things on campus?

Mark
"I have the highest respect for the skilled wet-fly fisherman, as he has mastered an art of very great difficulty." Edward R. Hewitt

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SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse

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Jjlyon01 on Mar 27, 2008March 27th, 2008, 7:39 am EDT
I love it here. It is only my first year here, but I am staying quite busy. As you may have seen in a few of my early posts I started up a fly fishing club for ESF and SU and I have high plans for it. I also play rugby which takes up plenty of my time and I am on the SU outing club. I could not picture myself at any other school... its just too bad that the basketball team did so poorly. Nice to hear that you are an Alum. If you come to town at all let me know and maybe we can cast a line.
"I now walk into the wild"

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