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.
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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