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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.

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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VladimirR on Feb 15, 2013February 15th, 2013, 4:00 pm EST
Video report. Fly fishing Taimen in Siberia
The thin fishing line 0.25


Video: Vladimir Ryaposov, Aleksander Bobrovskiy.
Music by Vladimir Ryaposov.
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Martinlf on Feb 16, 2013February 16th, 2013, 5:24 am EST
Big fish; salmon?
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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Wbranch on Feb 16, 2013February 16th, 2013, 6:41 am EST

The fish they caught is a Taimen, it is indigenous to that part of the world and I believe it is the largest trout in the world. I've seen other videos where guys are throwing humongous lemming lures on spinning rods and hooking fish that are 60" and more long.

Here is a link to a great Nat Geo article and video.

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Entoman on Feb 16, 2013February 16th, 2013, 11:40 am EST
Pretty close to the mark, Matt. The Taimen isn't a trout technically (if there even is such a thing), being a species in the genus Hucho. But that subtle point may be moot as it is reportedly the largest salmonid in the world anyway. Nothing even comes close by length, though the Chinook can rival it in weight. Check this out guys! http://fishingtours.corcon.eu/en/New-Record-Giant-Taimen-on-Fly-Fishing-Season-2010.aspx

Hopefully Jason and others will weigh in on just what is a trout by definition. The topic is clear as mud. The common name Taimen is attached to its own genus, as are the names Char, Atlantic Salmon, and Pacific Salmon. On the other hand, "trout" as a common name is now applied rather loosely to many species in the latter 3 genera. Since the cut and rainbow were moved from the genus Salmo to Oncorhynchus, a lot of confusion has reigned because prior to this it was generally understood that trout were in the genus Salmo except where the name was incorrectly applied to some of the species in the genus Salvelinus (Brook Trout, Lake Trout). I grew up with the notion that a Brookie wasn't a "true trout but rather a char." In the current nomenclature, it seems to me that Brookies have as much claim to the name as Rainbows or Cuts since "history of common use" is now the guiding principle. Genus is apparently no longer the "cut" off.;)
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VladimirR on Feb 22, 2013February 22nd, 2013, 7:54 am EST
Yes, it's hard to say. But Taimen is really a bit different.

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