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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.

Dorsal view of a Kogotus (Perlodidae) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
This one pretty clearly keys to Kogotus, but it also looks fairly different from specimens I caught in the same creek about a month later in the year. With only one species of the genus known in Washington, I'm not sure about the answer to this ID.
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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Konchu on Apr 25, 2013April 25th, 2013, 9:54 am EDT
A kitchen strainer should work well enough for you to capture some big critters in a pond, stream or river. I use one from time to time myself. For years, I used film canisters to store things, but there are not as many of those around as there used to be. I just used rubbing alcohol from the drugstore. Problem there is that the specimens get really brittle to handle. But, it is what I had to work with, and I did fine. I've also used baby food jars. For bulk samples, I used plastic peanut butter jars. I've see people use the glass vials intended for blood collection, too. Not sure about pricing on those, however. I think those may have come about from a special situation.

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