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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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Jmd123 has attached these 6 pictures. The message is below.
First bass from the pond this year!
OMG, there's something BLOOMING!  (Coltsfoot, Tussilago farfara)
This looks more like an alien than a wildflower!  (Skunk cabbage, Symplocarpus fetidus)
There were at least a dozen bass cruising this shoreline looking for something to eat...
Hey look, it's a real live Woolly Bugger!  So THAT'S what they imitate!
The Au Sable is up!  There will be some steelhead stuck in this little creek soon...
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Jmd123 on Apr 16, 2013April 16th, 2013, 5:29 pm EDT
This may not be as spectacular as Spence's trip to visit the PA Chapter of Troutnut...but hey, I can WALK to this fishing spot from my home! It's been a loooooong c-c-c-ccoooooooold winter here in northern MI and spring has been a long time coming. Well, better late than never! I would have been happy with one fish today, but instead I caught SEVEN nice largemouth out of my favorite pond in Clark's Marsh. The biggest, in the photo, was 15.5", the others 12-14". Not really big bass but loads of fun on a 3-weight! No sunfish today, didn't see a single one out there. But there were a few early wildflowers coming up, and I saw the first butterfly (mourning cloak) and snake (common garter) of the year today too. And last night the frogs started calling behind my house!

I would love to have gone trout fishing today. However, there are flood warnings along the Rifle River and all of my other favorite spots are still closed until a week from this Saturday. Besides, pond fishing for sunfish and bass takes me back to my childhood and I always like to start my fly fishing season this way. And to think, two days ago there was SNOW in the woods and it looked like December...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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PaulRoberts on Apr 17, 2013April 17th, 2013, 7:07 am EDT
Congrats Jonathan! Nice start to the year.

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