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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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Escanaba, MI

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Pryal74 on Apr 22, 2012April 22nd, 2012, 9:07 pm EDT
The water levels on one of my favorite Steelhead rivers finally dropped to the lowest I have seen this year. I actually felt safe enough about it to take my daughter out fly fishing for an afternoon. Varilya landed a huge Steelhead on the fly, her first ever. It was an extremely intense battle... which I could have had ten heart attacks. I am beyond proud of my little girl!
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Apr 23, 2012April 23rd, 2012, 4:42 am EDT
Well done Varilya!! She looks like "a chip off the old block" there, James! Fishing prowess must run in your bloodline. That's a very nicely colored fish too, which I'm sure pleased your daughter. What rod and fly pattern did she use?

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Escanaba, MI

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Pryal74 on Apr 23, 2012April 23rd, 2012, 6:44 am EDT
We were just drifting a size 10 Black Stonefly nymph through a swift run with a tiny split shot about a foot up the tippet. I always use my 7 wt 10 foot Sage Flight. The water is lower so I took my indicator off. I told her if the line stopped to raise up. She did it flawlessly.

I was so worried she would wipe out in the rocks when it screamed downstream. She followed the fish and kept her rod high like a pro. She was so happy when I got him in the net. I'm so glad she caught one on her first time out.

Thanks Jonathon.
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Jesse on Apr 23, 2012April 23rd, 2012, 9:26 am EDT
My goodness Gracious my man that is one spectacular fish, especially given the circumstances of her age and first steelhead! Spectacular for both of you guys, congratulations!
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
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Boiling Springs, PA

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Crepuscular on Apr 23, 2012April 23rd, 2012, 7:47 pm EDT
Congrats James!! That is the best thing i've seen today. Getting her into fish the first time is a sure way to get her hooked! Very well done!
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Feathers5 on Apr 24, 2012April 24th, 2012, 6:34 am EDT
Varilya, well done. You both have memories for a lifetime. Great fish.
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Manistique, MI

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Youngfish on Apr 26, 2012April 26th, 2012, 7:30 am EDT
Awesome job Jim, and Varilya! Varilya has an awesome teacher for sure
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