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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 Psychodidae True Fly Larva from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This wild-looking little thing completely puzzled me. At first I was thinking beetle or month larva, until I got a look at the pictures on the computer screen. I made a couple of incorrect guesses before entomologist Greg Courtney pointed me in the right direction with Psychodidae. He suggested a possible genus of Thornburghiella, but could not rule out some other members of the tribe Pericomini.
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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Novi, MI

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Oldredbarn on Mar 5, 2013March 5th, 2013, 11:13 am EST
I just received a catalog from Dillon Montana...Al Troth passed away last August 3rd...The creator of the Elk Hair Caddis, probably rivalling the Adams for world wide fame and his "western" version of the PT Nymph...

The EHC was one of the first flies I ever tied...When I headed west in 95 to fish my boxes were filled with them.

"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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Boiling Springs, PA

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Crepuscular on Mar 5, 2013March 5th, 2013, 12:57 pm EST
Yeah I saw that last fall. I just threw some away that had to be at least 20 years old.
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Mar 6, 2013March 6th, 2013, 10:05 am EST
RIP, Al Troth. The Elkhair Caddis is one of my all-time best flies, not just for trout either. Down in San Marcos, TX the big colorful redbreast sunnies would suck them in just like brookies or browns do. What a wonderful pattern, so easy to tie and make endless variants of.

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Sayfu on Mar 8, 2013March 8th, 2013, 6:02 am EST

Love the Elkhair Caddis, BUT..the only feature of Al's pattern that I couldn't accept was the long hackle that extended well below the gape of the hook. Somebody very knowledgeable regarding Al, and his Elkhair Caddis told me why it was favorable to do so, and I forgot why.

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