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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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Bellevue, WA

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Troutnut on Feb 13, 2012February 13th, 2012, 3:46 pm EST
These photos by photographer Kim Taylor are amazing. Here's my favorite:

I don't feel quite so bad about not taking pictures that cool when I read about all the fancy setup he did to take them in a studio setting, rather than in the wild, but I also agree with his argument that that's a legitimate way to make some awesome artwork.
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Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Feb 13, 2012February 13th, 2012, 4:20 pm EST
That looks like a very small trout or salmon - what is it and what trout has all those large spots on such a tiny body?
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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PaulRoberts on Feb 13, 2012February 13th, 2012, 4:29 pm EST
It's one of the indigenous Japanese salmonids. Neat images, but obviously manipulated. I've done it too, as a method of illustration.
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Jesse on Feb 14, 2012February 14th, 2012, 9:03 pm EST
Cool shot i must admit!
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.

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