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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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CaseyP has attached these 3 pictures to this report. The message is below.
One of the larger ones caught; day 1 on the River Nidd at Summer Bridge.
The bigger trout were busy assuring the future, but this little gal splashed about near the bank in a patch of sunshine and made us think of spring.
Sunny morning, handsome fish--life is good! River Ure at Masham.

Report at a Glance

General RegionYorkshire, England
Specific LocationSummer Bridge and Masham
Dates Fished11/15-16
Fish Caughtgrayling and a couple of wild brown trout
Conditions & HatchesNovember: temps 45-50, cloudy, cold, and a little windy with some sun, rivers a little high from rain three days before, water "peat-stained" but clear. hatches surprisingly continuous, small olives and some caddis as well as some unexpected yellow mayflies. first day many rises, second day only a very few.

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CaseyP
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CaseyP on Nov 19, 2012November 19th, 2012, 3:21 pm EST
added two rivers to my Yorkshire life list: Ure and Nidd. trout season was over so we were after grayling. they seem to live in the bits of the river that the trout don't: quieter water at the tails of pools and the end of riffles, mostly. they like nymphs down on the bottom, but they can be caught with dries as well.

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Softhackle on Nov 20, 2012November 20th, 2012, 7:22 am EST
Casey,
Great photos. I'd love to go there, someday!

Mark
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Nov 26, 2012November 26th, 2012, 10:09 am EST
Wow, that looks like a fun trip! Some "natives" there, back in the "Old Country"!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Martinlf on Nov 26, 2012November 26th, 2012, 4:50 pm EST
Beautiful fish, Casey. Thank you for sharing these photos!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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