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.
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
Martinlf on Oct 10, 2008October 10th, 2008, 1:49 pm EDT
OK, here I go breaking the rules again. It's just the Maverick in me.
After a long spell of lots of paperwork and no fishing, I started out in search of trout today, but contemplating the 1.5 hour drive to my original destination, and the price of gas, I turned around after a few miles and went back home to get some bass gear and my canoe. Then I headed out to a nearby warmwater stream about noon. After catching some smallish bass and panfish, with the occasional fallfish thrown in, I found a 15 inch smallie that made the day. It took a streamer, and there were about 5 other nice bass swimming with it, including an 18-20 inch specimen. They took turns trying to take the streamer away as I fought the fish. After they got a good look at the canoe and the landing net, though, the others declined to take me up on any subsequent offer I made, even after I rested the hole for a while. What a beautiful day to be out, just a bit of fall chill left over from the morn when I arrived, then a beautiful day in the mid 70's,
OK, Jason, I promise to catch some trout in the near future and post up a respectable report. I understand that JAD is scouting some steelhead already.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"