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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.

Dorsal view of a Skwala (Perlodidae) (Large Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This Skwala nymph still has a couple months left to go before hatching, but it's still a good representative of its species, which was extremely abundant in my sample for a stonefly of this size. It's obvious why the Yakima is known for its Skwala hatch.
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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Fuquay-Varina NC

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Ditch on Sep 14, 2010September 14th, 2010, 3:48 am EDT
it has been a long Hot summer in Va and less than a month till they start stocking
There are no bad fishing days.
Potter County, PA

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SlateDrake9 on Sep 14, 2010September 14th, 2010, 5:38 am EDT
Not at all. In my neck of the woods the summer heat decimated the trout populations in many streams. A lot of our streams saw the 80's. The trout that did survive haven't repopulated the stream from the thermal refuge areas yet either, and water temps have been decent in a lot of the smaller streams for a few weeks now, but still very, very low. Not the worse I've seen, but may be there in a few weeks if we don't get A LOT of rain over several days.

We need some hurricanes and heavy tropical storms to move into Pennsylvania. I'm praying this isn't going to be one of those years where we don't get any, like it was in '06 or '07 when the streams were almost entirely dried up through most of November.
Fishing with bait is like swearing in church.
-- Slate Drake

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