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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.

Case view of a Pycnopsyche guttifera (Limnephilidae) (Great Autumn Brown Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
It's only barely visible in one of my pictures, but I confirmed under the microscope that this one has a prosternal horn and the antennae are mid-way between the eyes and front of the head capsule.

I'm calling this one Pycnopsyche, but it's a bit perplexing. It seems to key definitively to at least Couplet 8 of the Key to Genera of Limnephilidae Larvae. That narrows it down to three genera, and the case seems wrong for the other two. The case looks right for Pycnopsyche, and it fits one of the key characteristics: "Abdominal sternum II without chloride epithelium and abdominal segment IX with only single seta on each side of dorsal sclerite." However, the characteristic "metanotal sa1 sclerites not fused, although often contiguous" does not seem to fit well. Those sclerites sure look fused to me, although I can make out a thin groove in the touching halves in the anterior half under the microscope. Perhaps this is a regional variation.

The only species of Pycnopsyche documented in Washington state is Pycnopsyche guttifera, and the colors and markings around the head of this specimen seem to match very well a specimen of that species from Massachusetts on Bugguide. So I am placing it in that species for now.

Whatever species this is, I photographed another specimen of seemingly the same species from the same spot a couple months later.
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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Andover, MA/ Andover NH

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CamWolf1313 on Aug 1, 2008August 1st, 2008, 3:24 pm EDT
I'm looking for a new salt water/big trout fly rod. My friend suggested a Colton Tradewinds 9 Weight Saltwater Fly Rod and it looked pretty nice. I think that I would like a 9 wt. but i'm open for suggestions.
"Clear your mind of everything but the fish and the fly and you will be in the right mind frame to land it"
Billy Berger.
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Aug 1, 2008August 1st, 2008, 3:42 pm EDT
An owner of a saltwater shop recommended the Temple Fork saltwater models to me once when I was thinking about getting a bigger rod. I have only done a little fishing in the brine, and my 8 weight has been sufficient for what I did, but if I ever move close to the shore this is probably the rod I'll buy.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Northwest PA

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Grannom on Aug 2, 2008August 2nd, 2008, 10:44 am EDT
How much do you wanna spend? TFO has some awesome rods for the salt. TiCrX is a cannon and TiCr is a nice rod. I can't think of any trout that you'd need a 9wt. for though.

"Be calm - you're there..." "...Tell yourself there's no rush, even if there is."

-John Gierach
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Aug 3, 2008August 3rd, 2008, 4:31 am EDT
Check your PM's.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Hollidaysburg Pa

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LittleJ on Aug 3, 2008August 3rd, 2008, 10:11 am EDT
I bought a tfo pro last year in an 8wt for salt and it worked great. I think it was about $150. An 8wt should be fine for fish up to 20#. I do have a friend who regularly plays in the salt and he just bought a sage Xi2 it's a very sweet rod if you want to part w/ about $700. However I think it would be a little stiff for freshwater.

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Trtklr on Aug 8, 2008August 8th, 2008, 6:30 am EDT
I have had my eye on a tfo ticrx 6wt for some time now it will be my steelhead rod when the money comes. $229.99 last time I looked at cabelas, life time warranty, great feel.
I have seen nothing more beautiful than the sunrise on a cold stream.

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