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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.

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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Pryal74 has attached these 20 pictures. The message is below.
Chunky guy on a streamer.
Great color on this big native.
Giant hen brookie.
Taking a large orange and white.
Good colors on this lil fella.
There was a tiny nick on him where maybe a heron took a stab it him... you can see it below his lateral line.
About 5 inches and has some of the prettiest coloration for a fish that size.  Out of a U.P. river right next to a city and totally native.
Big Brook Trout at dusk.
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Pryal74 on Jan 26, 2012January 26th, 2012, 10:05 pm EST
These are my favorite trout to hunt down and toss a fly to. For anyone who has trekked through four miles of two track roads, poplar forests, nasty swamps, beaver dam pools, tag alders or any horrid, taxing, encumbering obstacle... knows exactly what it means to work for your quarry. I love to watch their fall colors flash as they strike a white marabou streamer or smash boldly on an elk hair caddis. These are just a few of my favorite photos of some Brook Trout I landed in 2011.
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PaulRoberts on Jan 27, 2012January 27th, 2012, 6:24 am EST
Sure love those brookies.
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Oldredbarn on Jan 27, 2012January 27th, 2012, 6:46 am EST
Sure love those brookies.


Even though my Calvinist cousins are sure I'm "preterite", I can't tell you how many times I've found myself uttering, "Thank God for Brookies!" :)

"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
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Jmd123 on Jan 27, 2012January 27th, 2012, 6:56 pm EST
Beautiful brookies there, James! They are my favorite fish, fresh water or salt. And yes, they live in the most beautiful streams (and ponds) too. I have two great brookie hotspots where I live now and last year I think I caught more brookies than I may have in my whole life combined! In one spot I can snorkel with them too in the summer - warm water on top, ice cold on the bottom!

I can't wait for trout opener this year! But I'll be content with ice fishing for now - 12 perch so far, three of them keepers! One spot, actually two, have the possibility of rainbow trout as well...

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Adirman on Jan 28, 2012January 28th, 2012, 2:20 am EST
No arguments here; Brookies are the best!!
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Motrout on Jan 28, 2012January 28th, 2012, 12:24 pm EST
Beautiful brookies, thanks for posting!
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BigTrout on Jan 30, 2012January 30th, 2012, 3:43 pm EST
Sweet pics! I love them Brookies!
The great charm about fly fishing is that we are always learning; no matter how long we have been at it, we are constantly making some new wrinkle. - Theodore Gordon

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