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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 Setvena wahkeena (Perlodidae) (Wahkeena Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
As far as I can tell, this species has only previously been reported from one site in Oregon along the Columbia gorge. However, the key characteristics are fairly unmistakable in all except for one minor detail:
— 4 small yellow spots on frons visible in photos
— Narrow occipital spinule row curves forward (but doesn’t quite meet on stem of ecdysial suture, as it's supposed to in this species)
— Short spinules on anterior margin of front legs
— Short rposterior row of blunt spinules on abdominal tergae, rather than elongated spinules dorsally
I caught several of these mature nymphs in the fishless, tiny headwaters of a creek high in the Wenatchee Mountains.
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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Jesse on Jul 4, 2011July 4th, 2011, 5:04 am EDT
Upon fishing the Delaware for the first time i learned that the trout it holds are very finnicky and tough to catch. But with a little patience and hard work it can be done. The river and its fish are absolutely beautiful and fight like hell. Because of all these ill definitely be coming back soon!
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
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PaulRoberts on Jul 5, 2011July 5th, 2011, 1:32 pm EDT
Yup. The Big-D is a large, productive, heavily fished, tailwater. Coming with that as a package are trout that can be "selective" at times, but at very least, or maybe more accurately, are approach and presentation sensitive.
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JOHNW on Jul 5, 2011July 5th, 2011, 2:03 pm EDT
The stretch you have pictured can be Reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyy interesting at times, esp if the water is low enough that the guys drifting down the WB can't easily clear the riffle at the 191 bridge.

Was the Bald Eagle hanging around when you were up?
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
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Wbranch on Jul 5, 2011July 5th, 2011, 6:40 pm EDT
It appears that you are at the head of what regulars call "Lake Lenore". There is a resident bald eagle nest on the left in that stand of trees and some braids upstream from where the picture was taken. Down river, at the tail of Lake Lenore, is a section of riffle water leading into the Stockport water.

This brown was caught near where you took your photo.

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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