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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 Psychodidae True Fly Larva from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This wild-looking little thing completely puzzled me. At first I was thinking beetle or month larva, until I got a look at the pictures on the computer screen. I made a couple of incorrect guesses before entomologist Greg Courtney pointed me in the right direction with Psychodidae. He suggested a possible genus of Thornburghiella, but could not rule out some other members of the tribe Pericomini.
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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Ndebarmore has attached these 2 pictures to aid in identification. The message is below.
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Ndebarmore on Jul 21, 2014July 21st, 2014, 6:52 am EDT
This may be a longshot, as the image was from my iPhone and I couldn't get very macro.

Fish were slamming these in Amethyst Basin of the Uintas this weekend.

I think this is a spinner because of the clear wings. Swarms became noticeable around 10 AM to noon. They were clinging all over my clothes. Saw plenty of spent ones flat in the water.

If anyone can help identify, I would really appreciate it!

I've also included a photo of the fish eating them!
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Oldredbarn on Jul 21, 2014July 21st, 2014, 7:29 am EDT
My first guess would be some sort of Callibaetis?

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Millcreek on Jul 21, 2014July 21st, 2014, 8:03 am EDT
I think it's a Callibaetis female but not sure of the species. Beautiful looking country and a nice trout too.
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Taxon on Jul 21, 2014July 21st, 2014, 8:09 am EDT
Hi Ndebarmore-

As Spence and Mark suggest, it's a Callibaetis female imago (spinner), probably C. ferrugineus hageni.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
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Entoman on Jul 21, 2014July 21st, 2014, 5:21 pm EDT
Welcome to the forum, Ndebarmore.

Beautiful lake, beautiful fish, beautiful fly! I'm jealous...:)

Definitely a female Callibaetis imago (Speckled Spinner). I agree with Taxon on the probability of the species.
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Boiling Springs, PA

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Crepuscular on Jul 21, 2014July 21st, 2014, 5:55 pm EDT
Welcome Ndebarmore. Beautiful setting, great description of the Callibaetis emergence and like Entoman , I'm jealous...nice fish too, cool pattern of spots on that one! Quite a difference from where I've been lately, throwing beetles on PA spring creeks. Congrats!


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