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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 Kogotus (Perlodidae) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
This one pretty clearly keys to Kogotus, but it also looks fairly different from specimens I caught in the same creek about a month later in the year. With only one species of the genus known in Washington, I'm not sure about the answer to this ID.
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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Report at a Glance

General RegionThe Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Specific LocationA river somewhere...
Dates Fished07-05-12
Time of DayLate Afternoon
Fish Caught20-21 inch Brown Trout
Conditions & HatchesTricos, Some Caddis, few Stoneflies.

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Pryal74's profile picture
Escanaba, MI

Posts: 168
Pryal74 on Jul 16, 2012July 16th, 2012, 11:02 am EDT
My daughter landing a possible tie for the biggest Brown Trout on the big river this year so far.

Pleasant Gap, PA

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Shawnny3 on Jul 16, 2012July 16th, 2012, 11:54 am EDT
Awesome! The only thing bigger than the fish is her smile - good stuff.

Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Jul 16, 2012July 16th, 2012, 1:59 pm EDT
Great coaching, James. She'll always remember your faith in her ability.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Fuquay-Varina NC

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Ditch on Jul 16, 2012July 16th, 2012, 7:23 pm EDT
I can't show this to my girls they will want the Pink waders.

Looks like a great time with the Little Woman. How old is she my girls are 6 and 9 and don't have the patientce to stick with it.

There are no bad fishing days.
Pryal74's profile picture
Escanaba, MI

Posts: 168
Pryal74 on Jul 16, 2012July 16th, 2012, 7:48 pm EDT
@ Shawn - Thanks much.

@ Fred - I feel like I ride her too much sometimes, but I guess it does pay off.

@ Philip - She does love the waders, although they are just a bit big on her. These waders were actually, relatively cheap. She is 8 and has been fly fishing with me for 2 years. I can only take her to places I feel totally comfortable with. I worry about her safety in so many situations. (I'm sure you can relate)
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PaulRoberts on Jul 18, 2012July 18th, 2012, 6:49 am EDT
Good for you two. Sharing something between you is what really counts.

Hey, she could use a fighting butt on that rod -not hard to make. And... most rod grips are too big around for kids, and many women. If you can dedicate a rod to her, sand down the grip. That, and a fighting butt, will make such a workout much more bearable. We take our tackle for granted, not only bc we're older and stronger, but also bc our gear simply fits us. As a comparison, there's a reason why an upper fighting grip is added to big game saltwater rods. Not a bad idea either, if she's going to be catching more big salmonids.

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