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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
Baetis

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 Epeorus albertae (Heptageniidae) (Pink Lady) Mayfly Nymph from the East Fork Issaquah Creek in Washington
This specimen keys to the Epeorus albertae group of species. Of the five species in that group, the two known in Washington state are Epeorus albertae and Epeorus dulciana. Of the two, albertae has been collected in vastly more locations in Washington than dulciana, suggesting it is far more common. On that basis alone I'm tentatively putting this nymph in albertae, with the large caveat that there's no real information to rule out dulciana.
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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Jmd123
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Aug 7, 2012August 7th, 2012, 6:34 pm EDT
Here's a couple of 13-inch brookies from my favorite pond, both caught on a #10 Joe's Hopper (slightly modified). With the summer heat and drought, they're stacking up in the nice cold feeder creek and hitting just about anything! The first one I got a couple of weeks ago with a buddy (hence the pic of me actually holding the fish!), the second one (in the blurry photo) tonight as the sun was going down. Got more nice 9-11 inchers tonight than little guys too, all on the hoppers. You gotta love brookies!

Jonathon

P.S. This is my personal record for brookies! But, only a matter of time before this record gets broken too, probably on the same pond...
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Colorado

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PaulRoberts on Aug 8, 2012August 8th, 2012, 8:56 am EDT
Nice Jonathon! I love those brookies too. Nice to have them corralled too. You probably will break that record.
Lastchance
Portage, PA

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Lastchance on Aug 8, 2012August 8th, 2012, 2:53 pm EDT
Nice and thanks for the photos. I dream about catching brookies of that size.
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Oldredbarn on Aug 8, 2012August 8th, 2012
Looks like its summertime and the living is easy...:) You sure are getting your use out of that kayak up there.

Michigan has been sweeter than we should be allowed to expect this summer...Despite the heat.

Got to love it.

Spence
"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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Escanaba, MI

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Pryal74 on Aug 9, 2012August 9th, 2012, 12:08 pm EDT
Great job on the Brook Trout! They are dark and gorgeous too!
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Aug 9, 2012August 9th, 2012, 6:47 pm EDT
Even though the hot and dry weather is putting a damper on much of the stream fishing around here, this situation - with these fish having a nice coldwater refuge - is keeping me going through the "dog days" of summer. And this creek is COLD - I have snorkeled it on hot days and by the time it gets too shallow to go any further upstream I am just about freezing my ass off! We're talking mid-fifties at most, even in August. So, I don't worry about stressing them too much, though I won't hit it more often than once a week until things cool off a little. Heck, I had to tie up some more hoppers tonight since they chewed two of them to pieces!

Jonathon

P.S. Checked out the Pine River tonight (didn't fish, it started raining - not enough though) and it looked like it had gone up a foot since last week! Could bode well for my next trip there too...
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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