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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 Neoleptophlebia (Leptophlebiidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Some characteristics from the microscope images for the tentative species id: The postero-lateral projections are found only on segment 9, not segment 8. Based on the key in Jacobus et al. (2014), it appears to key to Neoleptophlebia adoptiva or Neoleptophlebia heteronea, same as this specimen with pretty different abdominal markings. However, distinguishing between those calls for comparing the lengths of the second and third segment of the labial palp, and this one (like the other one) only seems to have two segments. So I'm stuck on them both. It's likely that the fact that they're immature nymphs stymies identification in some important way.
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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Oldredbarn on Sep 5, 2011September 5th, 2011, 8:12 am EDT
Shane Stalcup passed away May 11 2011. I don't remember anyone talking about this here. He was only 48. I ran in to his flies on Charlie Craven's "Fly Box" web site. I have adapted some of his patterns to Michigan hatches and have had some good results...

Anyway! Just for our information...I have googled him and there is some info there but not much other than he may have had an on going health problem and that he had passed away.

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Northern CA & ID

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Entoman on Sep 5, 2011September 5th, 2011, 11:27 am EDT
Ahggg... Way too young.

He was a great fly design innovator, especially with synthetic materials. What a sad loss...:(
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Softhackle on Sep 5, 2011September 5th, 2011, 12:01 pm EDT
I'd heard in another forum about this some time ago. I admired his flies and his artistic creativity at the vise. It was truly a great loss to fly fishing.

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Roguerat on Sep 5, 2011September 5th, 2011, 1:02 pm EDT
his book 'Mayflies Top to Bottom' was the first book in my flyting library.
Innovative and a great teacher.

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