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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.

Lateral view of a Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing this one.
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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Konchu on May 1, 2007May 1st, 2007, 3:28 pm EDT
Several years ago, while traveling along the trans-Canadian highway, I had a delightfully disgusting food item for which I cannot recall the name. I hope someone out there can think of it. I vaguely remember that it had fried potatoes of some kind that were covered with a gravy and a cheese. I am hoping that someone on a fly fishing adventure stopped in a road house once and had this fare. Jason, my apologies for insulting the sensibilities of some. I've been trying to think of this for over a year. Even my wife, who spent years in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, cannot name this treat.
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Taxon on May 1, 2007May 1st, 2007, 5:35 pm EDT
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Konchu on May 2, 2007May 2nd, 2007, 1:51 am EDT
POUTINE! Now I can rest in peace.

I suppose Hexagenia could be served in a similar way. It might even rival the calorie content.
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RleeP on May 2, 2007May 2nd, 2007, 11:50 am EDT
Poutine, huh?

Sounds a lot like what we used to call Coronary on a Plate, which was scrambled eggs studded with big chucks of fried taters and patty sausage and covered with about a quarter inch of cheddar cheese.

It was delicious and I'll bet this Poutine is as well...

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