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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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Oldredbarn has attached these 5 pictures. The message is below.
Ed McCoy and Mike on Manistee
21"er
24"er!
19"er
Hooked!
Powellammon
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Price, Utah

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Powellammon on Jun 22, 2014June 22nd, 2014, 9:03 pm EDT
Spence, thanks for the post. Those are beautiful fish!!! Nice job!
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jun 24, 2014June 24th, 2014, 4:01 pm EDT
Wow! beautiful big browns.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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PaulRoberts on Jul 9, 2014July 9th, 2014, 1:16 am EDT
Wonderful. (But I think you already said that.) Nice images, nice fish, nice thread.
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Oldredbarn on Jul 9, 2014July 9th, 2014, 9:47 am EDT
Paul,

The nice thing for me, other than the company in the boat, was a chance to explore the Manistee on a stretch I hadn't seen before.

Ed,our guide, has a couple biology degrees and was once able to band raptors. He knows his birds. So, in between his info on how to help this vegetarian lose some weight, we birded.

I've been really lucky with the guides I've floated with over the years. It has helped, no doubt, that they are also friends, but an interesting personality running the boat makes the whole day more enjoyable.

I have had some great conversations in a float boat. Guys who love the river, the fish, and the environment where they work. Yea we catch fish and talk fishing, but the sky is the limit and I think the non fishing public would be surprised at the level and topics discussed.

Spencr
"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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Escanaba, MI

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Pryal74 on Jul 11, 2014July 11th, 2014, 12:40 pm EDT
Wow! Those are some giants! GREAT WORK!
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Oldredbarn on Jul 11, 2014July 11th, 2014, 8:36 pm EDT
Jim,

How the hell you been?! Haven't heard from you in awhile.

Had a guy, Phil Croff from Croff Craft near Petosky to our club to speak the other night. You should see his boat! He floats the Jordan and the Sturgeon in the middle of the night mousing. Incredible!

I only bring this up since he's further up north than my regular haunt in Grayling. Closer to the bridge and you in the UP. :)

Ever hear of Rivers Edge Fly Shop in Ontario? North shore tribs to Superior?

Good to hear from you.

Spence
"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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Gus on Jul 17, 2014July 17th, 2014, 2:52 pm EDT
Monsters!
"How do you help that son of a bitch?"

"By taking him fishing"

-A River Runs Through It

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