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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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Dreedee on Aug 13, 2008August 13th, 2008, 2:35 pm EDT
A few years ago, a downturn in good fortune forced me to sell off my expensive bamboo rods. No real biggie, in the grand scheme of things. But all season, I've been fishing my old 8' 4-wt Orvis Superfine, a four-piece, a rod I've had over a decade. It's a great rod, with loads of feel. But I noticed this season problems with the ferrules twisting. I rubbed some paraffin on the ferrules in the hope of making them stick, but it didn't help. Finally, I just took a piece of cloth and some mild soap and cleaned the the outside and inside of the ferrules. It worked; the rod is back in shape and casting wonderfully. I thought I'd "worn" out the ferrules, but they only needed cleaning. Sometimes the solution to a problem can be solved with a wee bit of logic.

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Trtklr on Aug 14, 2008August 14th, 2008, 10:20 am EDT
cleaning them with "soapy" water is key. It is kind of like cleaning your golf club grips with soapy water it makes them tacky, where if you clean them with just water it isn't the same. I doubt if your ferrules where tacky when you got done but your getting the same effect.
I have seen nothing more beautiful than the sunrise on a cold stream.

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