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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.

Artistic view of a Perlodidae (Springflies and Yellow Stones) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to lead to Couplet 35 of the Key to Genera of Perlodidae Nymphs and the genus Isoperla, but I'm skeptical that's correct based on the general look. I need to get it under the microscope to review several choices in the key, and it'll probably end up a different Perlodidae.
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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Jmd123 on Sep 27, 2011September 27th, 2011, 5:39 pm EDT
Our regular trout season here in Michigan is about to close, as of midnight Friday, so I have been hitting the local waters that are going to close with grasshopper imitations, a modified Joe's Hopper in size 10. The past two weekends I found a nice new stretch of the Pine River to hit and the brookies (and a few rainbows to boot) just tore those hoppers up! And this evening I returned yet again to my favorite brookie pond in this part of the world, where the previous four trips (all in the past week) yielded only a few little guys. Well, this afternoon and into early evening the fish were feeding up on top, and I got six including this 12.5" beauty, another of 12", one of 10", and three smaller fish. Five fell for the hopper and the last, a little guy, went for a #16 Elkhair Caddis in black (body & hackle) and grey (wing). The sunset was almost as beautiful as the brookies!

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Troutnut on Sep 27, 2011September 27th, 2011, 10:43 pm EDT
Pretty fish from a pretty pond!
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Jmd123 on Sep 28, 2011September 28th, 2011, 7:43 am EDT
Jason, if you ever find your way to these parts, I'll take you there.

Jonathon
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Adirman on Sep 28, 2011September 28th, 2011, 11:25 am EDT
Beautiful place, beautiful fish. Thats why I love brookies so much!!!
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Motrout on Sep 28, 2011September 28th, 2011, 12:13 pm EDT
Awesome! I love brookies, and the places that they live.
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Jmd123 on Sep 28, 2011September 28th, 2011, 4:32 pm EDT
MO and Adirman, you guys are invited too. You will have to bring your own kayak, or at least a vehicle on top of which a rented or borrowed one can fit. And, promise to let them all go, no matter how big! There is a small group of us around here who know about this place and we want to keep it that way, so it can turn into a real trophy brook trout fishery. It's just perfect for them - the feeder creek is heavily spring-fed and ice cold, and there are some really nice gravel beds in there for them to spawn on. Plus, it's hard to fish from shore, so that keeps folks unwilling to lug a kayak, canoe, or float tube in from having much success. On top of all of this, I have now seen a bald eagle out there twice!

Remember, I do have a guest room, and now even two fold-out couch beds for wayward troutnuts...book now for the opener (last Saturday in April) and I'll pencil you in!!

Jonathon
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Adirman on Sep 29, 2011September 29th, 2011, 3:15 am EDT
I can do that as I NEVER keep my trout anymore anyway, ESPECIALLY Brookies!!
Love and respect them too much now as I'm sure you feel as well. Thanks for the invite and who knows, maybe someday I'll take you up on it!!

Your friend,

Adirman
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Jmd123 on Sep 29, 2011September 29th, 2011, 10:50 am EDT
I just can't bring myself to kill a trout these days - they're just too beautiful, even though I know how good they taste, and brookies were my favorite. I think I would just feel bad looking at a faded corpse that was once a magnificent, brilliantly colored creature. In fact, my last trip to the Pine River yielded five fish of legal length, which is a limit! And every one of them, I looked them in the eye and said, "Yeah, I could kill you and take you home, but you're just too pretty...go back and grow some more! See ya next spring!" Besides the fact that they were each and every one a wild fish, as this stream receives NO stocking!

Jonathon
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Motrout on Sep 30, 2011September 30th, 2011, 4:03 pm EDT
Thanks for the invite! I've been wanting to make it up there to that part of Michigan for quite awhile now, maybe it will happen one of these years...I rarely keep trout (maybe one or two a year), and never brookies! Like you said they're just too darned pretty.
"I don't know what fly fishing teaches us, but I think it's something we need to know."-John Gierach
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Jmd123 on Sep 30, 2011September 30th, 2011, 4:06 pm EDT
MO, just give me a holler and I'll send my contact info. BTW, there's about a hundred other places to throw flies at fish around here - I've barely scratched the surface...good thing I have a second job!

Jonathon
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Motrout on Sep 30, 2011September 30th, 2011, 4:07 pm EDT
Awesome and thanks. It'll probably be awhile 'til I'm able to make it up to that part of world but I'll definitely tell you when I do!
"I don't know what fly fishing teaches us, but I think it's something we need to know."-John Gierach
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