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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.

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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Crepuscular
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Crepuscular on Feb 22, 2013February 22nd, 2013, 9:16 am EST
Playing around underwater


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Oldredbarn on Feb 22, 2013February 22nd, 2013, 12:01 pm EST
Nice!!! You are getting damn good at this Eric. I'm going to send you a list of bugs I see and tie for and you can head out and get me some pics. :)

Spence
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Martinlf on Feb 22, 2013February 22nd, 2013, 1:24 pm EST
What a gorgeous mayfly. I'm amazed at the detail captured, down to the branches in the gills. After I see Spence's list, I'll want to supplement it with anything he forgets.
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Entoman on Feb 22, 2013February 22nd, 2013, 1:24 pm EST
Beautiful nymphs, aren't they... Some papers call them Painted Minnow Mays some Comb-mouthed Minnow Mays. I like the former.

Any idea as to species, Eric? The literature is devoid of updated descriptions/keys for eastern nymphs, at least that I can find. Zloty did a few for western species, but they aren't much help for you guys.
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Oldredbarn on Feb 22, 2013February 22nd, 2013, 6:25 pm EST
Beautiful nymphs, aren't they...


Yes they are...It is incredible how nature can go to such lengths to make something blend in. Then have it look so interesting...Like the topside of a Brook trout for example.

Looks like marble or some such.
"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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Crepuscular on Feb 23, 2013February 23rd, 2013, 1:50 pm EST
Any idea as to species, Eric?


If someone had a gun to my head I'd say ludens
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Entoman on Feb 23, 2013February 23rd, 2013, 2:45 pm EST
Yeah, gun to the head is right. You've got at least 5 species back there and there's not a lot of reliable info on them. At least that I'm aware of.
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