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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 Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
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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Smeador on Mar 16, 2014March 16th, 2014, 7:45 am EDT
Friday evening was great. Landed 8 browns up to 13" - missed several more including a nice 18" fish. All released. Found a pool with stocked rainbows and put on an egg pattern. Took home 6 for the freezer.

Saturday was much different - windy and river was really crowded. Landed only 3 browns. Missed several nice fish on a streamer. Good hatch of #16 Blue Quills and #20 BWO started around lunch time. Only saw a single fish on top. Wind made it hard to get a single decent cast.

Called it a day...
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RMlytle on Mar 16, 2014March 16th, 2014, 9:31 am EDT
That is a nice brown. Can't wait to get out there on the water!

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