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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.

Dorsal view of a Zapada cinctipes (Nemouridae) (Tiny Winter Black) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Nymphs of this species were fairly common in late-winter kick net samples from the upper Yakima River. Although I could not find a key to species of Zapada nymphs, a revision of the Nemouridae family by Baumann (1975) includes the following helpful sentence: "2 cervical gills on each side of midline, 1 arising inside and 1 outside of lateral cervical sclerites, usually single and elongate, sometimes constricted but with 3 or 4 branches arising beyond gill base in Zapada cinctipes." This specimen clearly has the branches and is within the range of that species.
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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Jjlyon01 on May 17, 2008May 17th, 2008, 12:01 pm EDT
Im here in Texas at the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge and am dying for trout. All these pictures being posted is making my mouth water. I finally had a day off from the average 14 hour days of collecting bugs to feed to the chicks or building pens or feeding the chicks and was able to drive into Houston with a friends car and pick up my license, a few new flies and some advice from Bass Pro Shops. There are no trout here besides the speckled trout. Many large bass and other panfish unfortunately I haven't had time to find them yet. I am really excited to try my hand at redfish and seatrout but I have to wait for another day off. If anyone has some information that may help me out I will be able to post some pictures of fish hopefully and I will put some up of the prairie and its flora and fauna once I can get my camera cord from New York.
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