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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 Pycnopsyche guttifera (Limnephilidae) (Great Autumn Brown Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen appears to be of the same species as this one collected in the same spot two months earlier. The identification of both is tentative. This one suffered some physical damage before being photographed, too, so the colors aren't totally natural. I was mostly photographing it to test out some new camera setting idea, which worked really well for a couple of closeups.
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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Entoman on Mar 26, 2012March 26th, 2012, 9:02 am EDT
No, but I certainly know of him. Yes, I have read his works. Though primarily formed in the unique circumstances of the Kamloops region, his methods are very similar to those worked out in many regions of the West where the stillwaters rich in aquatic invertebrate fauna are similar. Anyone looking to improve their stillwater skills would benefit from studying and then practicing the techniques he promotes. In many parts of the East a different tradition exists due to the somewhat more piscivorous habits of the trout, but even there they can be applied with success in the right circumstances.
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
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Bug_slinger on Mar 26, 2012March 26th, 2012, 1:44 pm EDT

I couldn't agree more Entoman. I was wondering if you could give me advice on employing the hopper dropper system or anyone else in this forum, as I come from a place that bans the use of multi rigs. Ridiculous I know.i have done some reading about it. Anyones personal insight would be appreciated.
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PaulRoberts on Mar 26, 2012March 26th, 2012, 2:53 pm EDT
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