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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.

Dorsal view of a Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to tentatively key to Holocentropus, although I can't make out the anal spines in Couplet 7 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae nor the dark bands in Couplet 4 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae, making me wonder if I went wrong somewhere in keying it out. I don't see where that could have happened, though. It might also be that it's a very immature larva and doesn't possess all the identifying characteristics in the key yet. If Holocentropus is correct, then Holocentropus flavus and Holocentropus interruptus are the two likely possibilities based on range, but I was not able to find a description of their larvae.
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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FredH
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FredH on Jun 10, 2011June 10th, 2011, 4:37 pm EDT
I went to the pond with my net, intent on catching an amber wing as a reference for my next project.I missed a beautiful specimen just above the water and caught a large fishing spider instead.He was so neat and cool looking I decided to try to tie him instead.
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Jmd123 on Jun 10, 2011June 10th, 2011, 5:35 pm EDT
I've actually had real ones jump off of logs to look at my dry flies! They are really impressive, I've seen them with 3" legspans here in northern lower MI. Don't make 'em too big, Fred, or they'll scare the fish! Looks fabulous as usual. Next you'll have to imitate a female carrying an eggsac!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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FredH on Jun 10, 2011June 10th, 2011, 6:22 pm EDT
Thanks Jonathon. These are really cool spiders.I thought about keeping my live specimen as a pet, but the wife was'nt having it. I guess I should'nt have snagged this fly on her sweater. lol
Fred
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Jmd123 on Jun 10, 2011June 10th, 2011, 8:44 pm EDT
Hmmm, you could keep it in a little aquarium with a log sticking out of the water, and feed it swatted flies...Hey, people keep tarantulas! In fact, while in the Peace Corps in Chile, I believe I saw in the wild one of the species folks keep as pets, the Chilean rose-haired tarantula. I also saw a somewhat smaller black and red one, which moved surpisingly fast when I poked it in the rear end with my foot! Don't let that slow-motion crawl fool ya...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Shawnny3 on Jun 11, 2011June 11th, 2011, 5:14 am EDT
Looks great! I developed a simple orb weaver pattern a few years ago that has done pretty well at times in the right stream. What fish can resist all those legs!

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FredH on Jun 12, 2011June 12th, 2011, 4:31 am EDT
Thanks Shawn . I'd love to see your orb weaver pattern . I'm thinking when we fish a small popper with rubber legs that the fish take it for a spider .
Fred

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