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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.

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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Mount airy ,Nc

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Trevorh1989 on May 12, 2010May 12th, 2010, 1:45 am EDT
Hey guys first post big fan of the site but how big do you think this fish is i dont think i really did it justice in the pictures .
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Martinlf on May 12, 2010May 12th, 2010, 4:12 am EDT
Nice fish. It's hard to tell from a photo. You might measure some reference points on your rod, such as hook keeper, first stripping guide, etc. then you'd be able to estimate. Whatever the exact size, it's a big brown, and an accomplishment in any flyfisher's book.
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Oldredbarn on May 12, 2010May 12th, 2010, 7:59 am EDT

That is a nice fish, but where did you catch it? It's an unusual strain compared to Michigan Browns. Our fish are sprinkled with some red dots on them and seem darker. Some of the first stocking of Browns in the States were here in Michigan with the so-called German Brown trout.


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Wbranch on May 12, 2010May 12th, 2010, 9:33 am EDT
I'd say 19" maybe a tad more but doubt if it is 20" - it is a good fish in good condition.
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Lastchance on May 12, 2010May 12th, 2010, 10:43 am EDT
Great fish!
Mount airy ,Nc

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Trevorh1989 on May 13, 2010May 13th, 2010, 1:08 am EDT
Oh i caught in a smaller River in North Carolina the Mitchell. thanks

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TNEAL on May 13, 2010May 13th, 2010, 2:30 am EDT
Looks like a Loch Leven strain to me..

Browns were first planted in the U.S. on April 11, 1884 in the Baldwin River, a tributary to the Pere Marquette..

Your fish appears to be in the 20" range..
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Jesse on May 20, 2010May 20th, 2010, 4:00 pm EDT
well trev whats the answer?
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
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Keystoner on Dec 25, 2010December 25th, 2010, 1:29 pm EST
14" to 16" is what I'd say. What is the answer??
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