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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.

Dorsal view of a Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to tentatively key to Holocentropus, although I can't make out the anal spines in Couplet 7 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae nor the dark bands in Couplet 4 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae, making me wonder if I went wrong somewhere in keying it out. I don't see where that could have happened, though. It might also be that it's a very immature larva and doesn't possess all the identifying characteristics in the key yet. If Holocentropus is correct, then Holocentropus flavus and Holocentropus interruptus are the two likely possibilities based on range, but I was not able to find a description of their larvae.
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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Teddyp
North Carolina

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Teddyp on Sep 27, 2009September 27th, 2009, 2:18 pm EDT
We have had a ton of water in the Smokies the last week that have turned a lot of steams very dark with high cfs readings. I fished a smaller stream in GSMNP that was running pretty clear. Got a lot more rain Saturday and no hatch was coming off. Caught a couple of beautiful brookies on an Adams. The rain turned the fishing off and I missed a lot of strikes the rest of the day. The streams should be coming down soon and I'm looking forward to a good fall season. Hope everyone else is gearing up for the season and looking for some reports.

Tight lines!
Ted

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