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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 Onocosmoecus (Limnephilidae) (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen keys pretty easily to Onocosmoecus, and it closely resembles a specimen from Alaska which caddis expert Dave Ruiter recognized as this genus. As with that specimen, the only species in the genus documented in this area is Onocosmoecus unicolor, but Dave suggested for that specimen that there might be multiple not-yet-distinguished species under the unicolor umbrella and it would be best to stick with the genus-level ID. I'm doing the same for 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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Escanaba, MI

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Pryal74 on Oct 13, 2012October 13th, 2012, 4:33 pm EDT
This is a fly fishing highlight video of Chinook Salmon in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan Great Lakes filmed by myself. I am especially proud of this one. I hope you all enjoy it.

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Novi, MI

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Oldredbarn on Oct 13, 2012October 13th, 2012, 8:22 pm EDT

Nice vid! Things just getting started in the Lower last week. I heard the water was so low some fish couldn't clear the sand bar at the mouth of some rivers. A little water lately has helped

"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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Monticello, NY

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Adirman on Oct 14, 2012October 14th, 2012, 3:04 am EDT
SMOKIN vid Pryal! As always!!
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Oct 14, 2012October 14th, 2012, 3:24 pm EDT
GEEEEEZ, James! Once again, well done and beautiful fish. And you let them all go! There's a hard-core catch-n-release man if ever I saw one. How is their spawning/recruitment success up there? Down here on the Au Sable it gets too warm during the summer for salmonids. There are a few small springs that come into the lower river and I have in fact seen a few parr (could also be steelhead) early in my snorkeling season, but the river is dominated by warm-water fish. And, as Spence says, I don't think the real full run has come in here yet what with the low and warm waters. Trout season ended for me on a rather medicore note because of this too, just a bunch of little guys in the last week and my last fish for the year from [REDACTED] Pond was a 12" yellow perch! (Took a #10 KBF streamer.)

Guess I'm gonna have to think about trying for steelhead again this year, maybe even salmon if some fresh fish come in...I'll use your videos as inspiration!

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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DUBBN on Oct 14, 2012October 14th, 2012, 4:11 pm EDT
Very cool video. Thanks for sharing!
It's OK to disagree with me. I can not force you to be right.
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Escanaba, MI

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Pryal74 on Oct 15, 2012October 15th, 2012, 10:04 am EDT
@ Spence, I did get to fish some rivers near Traverse City and they were starting to get very good there. Here they are coming in thick on our major river. Probably in the middle of the run now. I will be watching smaller rivers now that we have 2 days straight of rain. I am eagerly awaiting Steelhead and Browns too.

@ Adriman, thanks!

@ Jonathon, they should be hitting all major rivers downstate by now. The temps are low enough I would imagine. Yes, I release everything I catch. You should hit some famous Steelhead streams during season. I know people on here would be more than happy to help you get things rolling. I had the best year ever in 2012 for Steelhead and I can't wait to keep it going very soon.

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Orn on Oct 18, 2012October 18th, 2012, 9:56 am EDT
Awesome looking fish and a beautiful river! The average size is amazing! Well done.

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