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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.

Dorsal view of a Amphizoa (Amphizoidae) Beetle Larva from Sears Creek in Washington
This is the first of it's family I've seen, collected from a tiny, fishless stream in the Cascades. The three species of this genus all live in the Northwest and are predators that primarily eat stonefly nymphs Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019).
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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Stokes
Columbia county,NY

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Stokes on May 30, 2014May 30th, 2014, 12:19 pm EDT
Out on the lake today,saw some bass chasing the sawbellies.I know from past experience that it is almost impossible to get them to bite anything,but I had to try.Tossed a black wooly bugger into the fracas and pulled two nice browns out,one about 12" one about 14.I guess the bass werent letting them play
Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on May 30, 2014May 30th, 2014, 5:06 pm EDT
Next time you see that throw a streamer that is more of a realistic pattern. Personally I like to throw Clousers either gray over white or blue over white with lots of silver flash in the middle. I tie them on micro barb salt water hooks in #6 - #1/0. I catch lots of big trout on them. Big meaning 22" and more.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Stokes
Columbia county,NY

Posts: 76
Stokes on May 31, 2014May 31st, 2014, 5:01 pm EDT
Doesnt matter what you throw,I've even used live sawbellies while spinning and cant get those bass to bite.Its pretty cool to watch,tho.I remember one morning watching with my son when he was about 8yrs old,there were about 20 very large bass coralling the baitfish into a screened corner of a tee shaped dock we have and as you saw the school of bait fish get really dense the bass would all leap thru the cloud and break the surface.Amazing watching them work together like that.

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