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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.

Lateral view of a Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing this one.
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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Lough Corrib
Mayflies coming off the Corrib.
First Corrib brown trout!
Second Corrib brown trout.
Huge Ireland rainbow
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Jesse on Sep 5, 2010September 5th, 2010, 2:49 am EDT
Im extremely happy to say that my partner and me placed third in the first ever international fly fishing competiton. It was hard and a totally different style of fishing but im happy to say our results especially considering the circumstances. I hope you guys enjoy the few pictures of the beautiful Ireland that i put up!
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
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Oldredbarn on Sep 5, 2010September 5th, 2010, 5:22 am EDT

Please find a little space somewhere in your heavily used luggage for a few of us home-bound Trout-Nuts!!! You get around kid!

That looks like a Bow? How did it find it's way in to a Loch in Ireland?

We need a little more info....Picture was nice but how about a little traveloge info...We need a play-by-play.


P.S Jess I forgot to look further up in the post and I've just spotted your other pics...Oops!
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

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Pleasant Gap, PA

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Shawnny3 on Sep 5, 2010September 5th, 2010, 6:17 pm EDT

Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
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Monticello, NY

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Adirman on Sep 6, 2010September 6th, 2010, 12:16 am EDT
Awesome pics!! Beuatiful place and nice fish!! Obviously the rainbow is a stocker??

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Nashville TN

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JohanB on Sep 6, 2010September 6th, 2010, 2:17 pm EDT
Very proud of you Brother!
Hope all is well and I hope you are having a good time!
Paradise Fly
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Escanaba, MI

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Pryal74 on Sep 13, 2010September 13th, 2010, 6:25 am EDT
that's a fantastic bow! I would love to hit Ireland someday. Fish my roots. =)

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MT319 on Sep 13, 2010September 13th, 2010, 8:23 am EDT
Bro you sure those browns aren't wild Atlantic/landlocked salmon?...you got the deep fork in the tail, the smaller head, black spots no red, no red adipose, no white tipped fins...other than the size of the black spots they look identical to the wild landlocks I catch at the mouth of a reservior by me
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Adirman on Sep 13, 2010September 13th, 2010, 8:40 am EDT
The tail doesn't look that forked to me. It's sort of obscured by his arm, but if you look closely, I don't think its forked.
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Sep 14, 2010September 14th, 2010, 2:31 am EDT
The lake browns often known by the name "Loch Leven" are characterized by black spotting. Some stocked fish here in PA show this coloration also, due to their British genetic heritage. The German Von Behr browns typically show the more red color patterns.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Jesse on Sep 15, 2010September 15th, 2010, 6:57 pm EDT
No man these babies sure aren't wild landlock salmon. They're all the Corribs naturally breeding finest native brown trout. And the fish did have the red adipose and the tails were forked more thank usual because i even noticed that was when i first got my eyes on one. But no sir alllll original trucha. Oh and the rainbow was stocked fish. It was caught out of a smaller lake right outside of doonbeg. Still took me for a ride though, taking off 30ft of backing...
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