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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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Falsifly has attached these 7 pictures. The message is below.
I was lucky to get this one.
Wings a flapping to escape the last trappings of the shuck.
Finally on top, but the way the trout were feeding on these little critters it's still a precarious situation.
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Falsifly on Apr 27, 2011April 27th, 2011, 7:45 pm EDT
I found some quite water and attempted a sequence of midge photos from pupa to adult. Although the water surface was flat the current speed still challenged my ability to frame, focus and shoot close-ups.
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
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Troutnut on Apr 28, 2011April 28th, 2011, 12:28 am EDT
Very cool! Makes for a good profile picture, too.
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Oldredbarn on Apr 28, 2011April 28th, 2011, 9:52 am EDT

Very nice! I remember once, when I was taking a nephew fishing back in the 90's sometime, he and I had stopped for a snack on the banks of the North Branch of the Au Sable. We had a dragonfly nymph crawl up on the log between us and proceeded to emerge...It would of been nice if I would of had something to catch the action with. He couldn't believe what he was watching...


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Shawnny3 on Apr 28, 2011April 28th, 2011, 7:03 pm EDT
Very nice pics, Falsifly. Thank you for sharing.

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Jesse on Apr 30, 2011April 30th, 2011, 5:20 am EDT
Thats some cool stuff bra i like it!
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.

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