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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
Baetis

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.

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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Lastchance
Portage, PA

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Lastchance on Jun 27, 2009June 27th, 2009, 1:49 am EDT
Well, I made a decision to go with either an Olympus or Pentax waterproof point and shoot digital camera for my trip out West in August. I decided ease of transportation and the fact that it would be too risky to carry an expensive professional model in my pack while I'm wading the rivers. I'll make a nice Pro SLR my next purchase.

Jason and All, I'll take your advice, Pentax or Olympus?

Thanks,
Bruce
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Troutnut on Jun 27, 2009June 27th, 2009, 7:55 am EDT
I don't know. Neither waterproof camera is spectacular in terms of image quality or photographic features, but both are sufficient, and the convenience of a small waterproof camera is really, really great. I'd suggest the camera reviews at dpreview.com to clarify any differences between models.

For what it's worth, I have an older-generation Pentax waterproof that I like, but I imagine I'd be just as happy with an Olympus.
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Wiflyfisher on Jun 27, 2009June 27th, 2009, 3:22 pm EDT
The next point & click, underwater camera I purchase will be...

http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1446

I have seen some great photos from these cameras.
Lastchance
Portage, PA

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Lastchance on Jun 28, 2009June 28th, 2009, 12:57 pm EDT
I really am torn between a camera with better image quality and the two point and shoots. I'm afraid if I take a $400 camera I wouldn't be able to properly take care of it while I'm wading.
Bruce
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Troutnut on Jun 28, 2009June 28th, 2009, 2:14 pm EDT
It's ideal to have both, but if you're just going to have one and it's mostly for fishing, I would definitely suggest the waterproof point & shoot. The convenience of always having your camera when you want it (and being able to take pictures near/under water without worrying) will mean you get some great shots when you wouldn't even have brought the other camera along. The image quality differences aren't all that noticeable under most conditions.
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UPTroutBum
Marquette, MI

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UPTroutBum on Jun 28, 2009June 28th, 2009, 4:29 pm EDT
I just bought the Olympus 850 sw or something like that. I really like it, again image quality is not as good as a point and shoot Nikon, but nice enough to capture photos of decent trout and landscapes. Took some underwater and it takes some practice of settings, but turns out decent. No waterproofing problems. I got mine on ebay for $150 and it was a factory refurbished model.
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Roygpa
USA Southwest PA

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Roygpa on Jun 29, 2009June 29th, 2009, 12:31 pm EDT
I just bought a Pentax w60 and so far I like it.

Roy

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