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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 Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
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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Wiflyfisher on Jun 24, 2011June 24th, 2011, 3:17 am EDT
Stopping by to say "Hello". Jason, are you staying in Alaska from now on? How is married life? :)

You're missing some good fishin' back home...



Take care,

John
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Troutnut on Jun 26, 2011June 26th, 2011, 2:13 am EDT
Looks like some fun fishing back there!

My wife's not keen on staying in Alaska permanently, and I miss matching hatches to catch trout, so we'll probably be headed back to the lower 48 eventually. I'm certainly enjoying it while I'm here, though!

The fishing is good here, but along the road system it's rarely spectacular (except for grayling). The really good stuff most people think about when they hear the word "Alaska" costs almost as much to get to from Alaska as it does from anywhere else... the plane ticket into the state is a small part of the cost of those trips out into the bush where the really great fishing is.
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Adirman on Jun 26, 2011June 26th, 2011, 2:52 am EDT
Yes, I heard that from a guy down here who's son lives in Alaska and he goes up there to fish from time-to-time. He says alot of the popular spots are super crowded, even more so than in some cases than down here in the states.
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Jmd123 on Jun 26, 2011June 26th, 2011, 10:42 am EDT
Amongst the myriad options for "resettlement" back down here in the lower 48, Jason, you might think about northern lower Michigan as a possibility. We don't worry about size 22 Blue-winged Olives around here, but be sure you can tie up a good size 6 Hexagenia imitation!!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Troutnut on Jun 26, 2011June 26th, 2011, 3:11 pm EDT
He says alot of the popular spots are super crowded, even more so than in some cases than down here in the states.


That's exactly it. For solitude and reliable good fishing along the road system, grayling are pretty much the only game in town. If you can get off the road a bit with a jetboat or float trip, many more options open up, but it really takes a bush plane to experience Alaska as the sort of fisherman's paradise most people picture. The fishing is still good around the roads; it just doesn't live up to Alaska's reputation.
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Wiflyfisher on Jun 26, 2011June 26th, 2011, 4:44 pm EDT
BTW, I was chatting with Brad Saturday morning and he was leaving to go to the airport to drop off Lucky. Brian 'Lucky' Porter is off to Alaska to film a segment on giant northern pike for Confluence Films newest efforts. Musky Country Outfitters is on a roll!!

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