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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 Skwala (Perlodidae) (Large Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This Skwala nymph still has a couple months left to go before hatching, but it's still a good representative of its species, which was extremely abundant in my sample for a stonefly of this size. It's obvious why the Yakima is known for its Skwala hatch.
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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TConatser on Jun 29, 2014June 29th, 2014, 12:28 pm EDT
To tell a little bit about myself, my name is Trent, I live in Oklahoma, and I've just gotten into the sport of fly fishing. I kind of feel that I'm starting late at the age of 23. I've fished with conventional tackle all my life so this is definitely new to me, but seems to be a more challenging type of fishing overall. I've learned a lot already, just by reading the posts on here.

Good fishing, y'all.
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Taxon on Jun 29, 2014June 29th, 2014, 1:07 pm EDT
Hi Trent,

Welcome to Troutnut. My father got me started fishing with conventional tackle at about the age of seven, and I continued with that method of fishing into my thirties. But then, a fellow worker introduced me to fly fishing, which I've now practiced exclusively for over thirty years. So, at least from my perspective, you're getting a rather early start.

Best regards,
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
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Gus on Jun 30, 2014June 30th, 2014, 10:20 am EDT
Welcome to the forum!
I got started fishing for blue gill with a cane pole and a bobber back in the south then switched to conventional gear for large mouth bass. When I went to college in New England I got into fly fishing and man did I feel out of place!
That was a number of years and I'm constantly surprised with how much I have to learn.
Just have fun and enjoy the process!
"How do you help that son of a bitch?"

"By taking him fishing"

-A River Runs Through It

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Oldredbarn on Jun 30, 2014June 30th, 2014, 3:22 pm EDT
Just have fun and enjoy the process!

Well put Gus! "I second that emotion." Just a nod and a welcome from Detroit there...:)

Spence near the Motor City
"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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TConatser on Jul 4, 2014July 4th, 2014, 8:21 am EDT
Thanks for the welcome. I'm really enjoying the sport so far.
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Roguerat on Jul 5, 2014July 5th, 2014, 12:51 pm EDT
Welcome, Trent!

I think more than a few fly-fishers got into our sport via other types of fishing, myself included. Spinning and bait-casting for Bass and N Pike until '87 when I got my first fly-rod (I was 33 at the time so you've got a 10-year head-start on me, sort of!?)...and the rest is history.

Soak up all of the information you can, fish as often as possible, and remember it's all fun!


I Peter 5:7 'Cast your cares upon Him...'
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Johncl on Jul 6, 2014July 6th, 2014, 6:55 am EDT
Welcome Trent. I'm new here as well. Got started with a spinning rod in my hands but have been throwing flys for a long time. Just enjoy yourself have fun it's a great sport.

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