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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 Psychodidae True Fly Larva from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This wild-looking little thing completely puzzled me. At first I was thinking beetle or month larva, until I got a look at the pictures on the computer screen. I made a couple of incorrect guesses before entomologist Greg Courtney pointed me in the right direction with Psychodidae. He suggested a possible genus of Thornburghiella, but could not rule out some other members of the tribe Pericomini.
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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Report at a Glance

General RegionOzark Foothills (Missouri)
Specific Locationsmall warm-water pond
Dates Fished4/6/11
Time of Dayevening (right before dark)
Fish Caughtbass and bluegill
Conditions & Hatchesair temp 75, water temp upper 50s, fish going crazy on the surface for a mixed hatch of warm-water stuff

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Motrout on Apr 7, 2011April 7th, 2011, 9:37 am EDT
Ok, this report technically doesn't belong on here, because it is not about trout fishing, but it does involve fly fishing, specifically dry fly fishing so I thought it would be alright. Yesterday, the moment came that I had been waiting for for a long time-when the bass and bluegill on the pond across the road started going crazy on topwater stuff. Earlier on in March before we got another cold spell at the end of the month, I had taken a few bluegills on top, but it had been pretty slow all said. Last night, it was a take on about every other cast, and not only bluegill but some pretty decent bass too. Deer-hair panfish bugs were the key. It was about the most beautiful evening of fishing I have ever had, with the dogwoods in full bloom and all kinds of wildflowers lining the banks of the pond. A very nice evening to get out. I kept hooking up until it was almost completely dark, a sure sign as any that the season is on. What a difference from just one week ago when there was 3" of snow on the ground. Crazy weather indeed.

I am headed down to the Ozark National Scenic Riverways (the Current River's Blue Ribbon stretch specifically) this weekend for a three day camp-trip, and when I get back I will have a real trout fishing report. But for now I hope you didn't mind me straying a bit into the warm-water category.
"I don't know what fly fishing teaches us, but I think it's something we need to know."-John Gierach
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Apr 7, 2011April 7th, 2011, 4:05 pm EDT
Hey MO, if the rest of them don't like it, we will just have to start our own website and call it bassnbluegillnut.com...


P.S. My own warmwater "opener" is about two weeks away - I CAN'T WAIT!!!
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2758
Troutnut on Apr 7, 2011April 7th, 2011, 4:53 pm EDT
Topwater already? Damn!

Around here the topwater is still several feet of ice. :-/
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist

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