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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 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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menomonie, WI

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Freepow on May 31, 2008May 31st, 2008, 4:39 pm EDT
Here's a question...I dropped my fly box in the river a couple weeks ago and forgot to leave it open that evening to dry out the flies. Now, I am finding rust on some of the hooks. Is there anyway to clean up the flies after this has happened? Does this have any affect on the fish (i.e., can they taste the rust) if I use these flies? I am quite disappointed in myself but I think this is one of those lessons you learn once...and only once. Any ideas would be great. Thanks.
"I fish...because I suspect that men are going along this way for the last time, and I for one don't want to waste the trip..."
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on May 31, 2008May 31st, 2008, 11:45 pm EDT
Take memory lessons - why didn't you immediately get out of the river and get tissues to blot off the water?
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Wiflyfisher on Jun 1, 2008June 1st, 2008, 12:18 am EDT
That is a bummer! Try some really fine sandpaper for metal to see if you can lightly rub it off.
menomonie, WI

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Freepow on Jun 1, 2008June 1st, 2008, 12:43 pm EDT
I didn't get off the river right away because I was quite far from my truck...plus, the fish were rising and being very active and I was mesmerized by that. I had never had hooks rust on me before and didn't even think about it. It will be a lesson learned only once.
"I fish...because I suspect that men are going along this way for the last time, and I for one don't want to waste the trip..."

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BGrnFlyfish on Jun 2, 2008June 2nd, 2008, 12:14 pm EDT
Atleast you didn't lose your fly box!!
Seth-Big Green River, WI

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Trtklr on Jun 4, 2008June 4th, 2008, 10:40 am EDT
put a little oil on a rag and rub the rag on the hook and eyelet only!
then put all flies with any rust on them in a seperate container from your good flies. rust believe it or not will spread.
I have seen nothing more beautiful than the sunrise on a cold stream.
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Ducfat on Jun 11, 2008June 11th, 2008, 8:35 pm EDT
ip my fipth grade edumacation memory serves me right, i would have blotted off the flies to dry them instead of filling them with water to bloat them. give the guy a break, he's looking for advice.

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