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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 Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
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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Lobotyler
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Lobotyler on Aug 21, 2014August 21st, 2014, 10:40 pm EDT
So far all i know is that i need a 5wt rod thats is 8'6" to 9'. It has to be $150 or under(or at least close). Ive been looking at the redington crosswater and PATH. Also ive looked at the st.croix Rio santo rod. Are these good rods? Is Ross a respectable brand? Any opinions on good brands?(to get myself acquainted to the companies)
Kschaefer3
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Kschaefer3 on Aug 22, 2014August 22nd, 2014, 6:17 am EDT
I fished a St. Croix Rio Santo for seven years until I took the plunge and upgraded this year. It is a great rod for a beginner to learn on and is incredibly durable. I would always recommend that rod to someone starting out in fly fishing. I also like that it is made in Park Falls, WI, but I have a midwestern bias.

I have never fished either of the Redington rods, but know people who have really liked their middle to lower end rods.

I own one Ross reel and love it. Solid construction, solid drag.
Roguerat
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Roguerat on Aug 22, 2014August 22nd, 2014, 9:22 am EDT
Lobotyler,

first, welcome to the Forum- lots of good informed opinions here, and some sporadic strange stuff too- a good mix, all in all!

I'll echo Kschaefer3's comments on St Croix rods, I've got a half-dozen of their 'entry-level' and mid-price rods in 4 through 8 wt and various lengths. I have yet to be disappointed in their performance- they do what they're designed and intended to do.

HAVE FUN, that's what its all about.

Roguerat

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Motrout on Aug 24, 2014August 24th, 2014, 11:44 am EDT
Yeah, I pretty much exclusively fish St. Croix Rods, and I would highly recommend them. Unless you're thinking you'll fish small, brushy streams a disproportionate amount of the time, a 9' 5 weight is a good "generalist" rod.
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