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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
Baetis

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 Onocosmoecus (Limnephilidae) (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen keys pretty easily to Onocosmoecus, and it closely resembles a specimen from Alaska which caddis expert Dave Ruiter recognized as this genus. As with that specimen, the only species in the genus documented in this area is Onocosmoecus unicolor, but Dave suggested for that specimen that there might be multiple not-yet-distinguished species under the unicolor umbrella and it would be best to stick with the genus-level ID. I'm doing the same for 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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Troutnut on Sep 26, 2006September 26th, 2006, 1:33 pm EDT
You know that great feeling you get when it's getting toward late evening and you've forgotten you're wearing your sunglasses, then you take them off and realize you've gained an hour of unexpected daylight?

I got that today, times 15. I was somehow under the impression that the last day of the main trout season around here was September 30th. I checked the regulations today just to double-check that it wasn't earlier, and it turns out it's actually October 15th. So I get an extra 15 days I didn't realize I had all along. :)


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