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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.

Lateral view of a Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing this one.
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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Beautiful 12-inch Pine River brookie, my biggest yet from this or any stream!
Notice the fly laying on his side...good thing he's in the net!
Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium)
Blue vervain (Verbena hastata)
Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
American elderberry (Sambucus canadensis - I know, there's a total disconnect between the common and scientific names...)
Bee-balm or wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
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Jmd123 on Jul 21, 2014July 21st, 2014, 7:10 pm EDT
I was just about to give up on trout fishing for this year. I haven't had the opportunities to go much lately because of work, and when I have been out it just hasn't been very productive, just lots of little guys. Well, the Pine River has been owing me a nice one, and tonight it delivered! This nice fat colorful 12" brookie took a #12 Royal Wulff (what else?) but may have been gearing up to take Light Cahills, which filled the air around me as I was heading downstream. Downstream?? Yes, dang it, I had finished my stretch and caught that brookie in the last pool I can fish upstream without having to bushwhack to further habitat, and was ready to go home. Now? Really? Well, I gotta get up for work tomorrow morning (for a change!) but I'm gonna have to make a later trip out there sometime soon to see if I might be missing a feeding frenzy!

Fishing earlier in the evening just yielded 8 or 9 little guys, but the wildflowers on the banks were just spectacular so I couldn't help throwing in a few shots of those too. The Pine is just such a pretty place to fish and at this time of the year the flowers are just about at peak, a few more weeks and things will be really colorful out there! Sadly, I did get munched on pretty seriously by the deer flies tonight, they almost drove me outta there but I persisted and did indeed get rewarded for my effort and perseverance!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Oldredbarn on Jul 22, 2014July 22nd, 2014, 1:51 pm EDT
Nice pics, sir...The milkweed reminds me of a field trip my Audubon group took a couple weeks back. At a local nursery a woman has created a large net covered building where she raises butterflies. Its open to the public for tours...Milkweed, of different types, is a host for some of the butterflies, and maybe a food source as well.

She had some clear-winged sphinx moth flying around in there...It was pretty interesting...

Was that fly just lying there or was that fish foul-hooked? Not sure its good form to count the foul-hooked ones...But to each their own. :)

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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Jmd123 on Jul 22, 2014July 22nd, 2014, 6:51 pm EDT
No Spence, the fish was jaw-hooked, and threw the hook in the net while it was thrashing around. When I saw that I wondered if I had foul-hooked it, but that fly was just lying on the fish's side after being tossed out of it's mouth. Shows just how close it was to getting off!

Milkweed is THE food source for monarch butterflies, as well as a major nectar source for a wide variety of insects. I just love the smell of them in bloom!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Partsman on Jul 24, 2014July 24th, 2014, 12:56 pm EDT
Nice fish and wonderful photos Jonathon, my season has not been that great. Every day off it has been thunderstorms and tornados. Im on vacation this week so of course my back has decided to its time for some big time spasims. I going up tomorrow morning regardless, I can barley walk but maybe that's a good thing make slow down and really study the water.Good fishing, Mike.
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Motrout on Jul 24, 2014July 24th, 2014, 4:31 pm EDT
Very nice JMD. Thanks for posting.
"I don't know what fly fishing teaches us, but I think it's something we need to know."-John Gierach
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