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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.

Dorsal view of a Neoleptophlebia (Leptophlebiidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Some characteristics from the microscope images for the tentative species id: The postero-lateral projections are found only on segment 9, not segment 8. Based on the key in Jacobus et al. (2014), it appears to key to Neoleptophlebia adoptiva or Neoleptophlebia heteronea, same as this specimen with pretty different abdominal markings. However, distinguishing between those calls for comparing the lengths of the second and third segment of the labial palp, and this one (like the other one) only seems to have two segments. So I'm stuck on them both. It's likely that the fact that they're immature nymphs stymies identification in some important way.
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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Report at a Glance

General RegionElk & Twenty Mile
Specific LocationAround Folly's End
Dates FishedSunday through Tuesday 10/19 - 10/21
Time of Day8:00 - 4:00
Fish CaughtLots of steelhead
Conditions & HatchesSunday - stained and high, Monday perfect, Tuesday stained and very high.

Details and Discussion

Wbranch
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Wbranch on Oct 27, 2014October 27th, 2014, 7:40 pm EDT
Very good first steelhead trip of the year. Had very good success on chartreuse Estaz #10 with red hot spot tag. Also action on #10 DeFrank's emerald shiner swung with no weight on a tight line, also good single bead bite. (10 mm tangerine and 10 mm brown trout) Probably hooked thirty fish and landed 20 - 22. Who really cares when you are hooking up and having fun. Stayed in Green Roof Inn. Great clean motel with frig, microwave, two doubles, clean, and very spacious for $66 including tax. Crowley's restaurant right next door.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Feathers5
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Feathers5 on Oct 28, 2014October 28th, 2014, 4:37 am EDT
Good for you. Sure looks like you had a great time.
Oldredbarn
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Oldredbarn on Oct 28, 2014October 28th, 2014, 10:11 am EDT
Nice Fall pics Matt!

Spence
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

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Roguerat on Oct 28, 2014October 28th, 2014, 11:09 am EDT
Nice pictures and nice fish, too!

is there any chance of posting a picture of the Chartreuse Estaz # 10, I'm not familiar with this pattern (then again, I'm just beginning to tie Steelhead flies- starting out with the standard yarn eggs).

I've got an 18-yr old daughter who's determined to go for Steelhead this fall...I just need to find the time.

Again, great pictures!

Roguerat
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Kschaefer3 on Oct 28, 2014October 28th, 2014, 11:57 am EDT
Great fish, Matt! I'm glad to see you're having a productive fall.

I've got two days of musky and a day of salmon/steelhead/lake run browns this weekend. If I could have a quarter of your success on the anadromous fish, I would be ecstatic.

Roguerat - Do you know what Estax is? Or cactus chenille? The fly in question looks just like a yarn egg, except is it Estaz or cactus chenille wrapped around a hook.



This pic is from a google search. Matt's may look different, but this gives you an idea.
Wbranch
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Wbranch on Oct 28, 2014October 28th, 2014, 2:28 pm EDT
Mine is pretty much the same except I tie in four short, 1" long strands, of pearl Krystal Flash then build up a hot red thread butt about 3/16" long then apply the Estaz. It is very buggy material and reflects the light well. I can tie a dozen in under an hour.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Roguerat on Oct 28, 2014October 28th, 2014, 3:23 pm EDT
Matt- are the Krystal Flash strands a 'tail' of sorts?

This is similar to the yarn egg-flies I'm starting to tie; I'm using pearlescent Flashabou for a tail.

I'm going to whip up some Estaz eggs, then- although I don't think I'll 'make rate' at a fly every 5 minutes!

Thanks,

Mark, aka Roguerat

Wbranch
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Wbranch on Oct 28, 2014October 28th, 2014, 4:33 pm EDT
Yes, a "tail", that adds even more flash than just the Estaz. When I tie yarn "sucker spawn" flies I often add 2-3 Krystal Flash fibers to the yarn loops. I add flash to pretty much every steelhead fly that I tie. I use a pearl Mylar braid for the wing case on most of my steelhead nymphs and add a drop of Liquid Fusion to the Mylar braid to accentuate the wing case. The Erie creeks I fish are pure shale bottoms and you can get hung up very frequently if you don't use an indicator. Sometimes though I don't want to use and indicator and want to dead drift the dead and then maybe twitch retrieve it back to me. After a few years of losing flies I've developed just a few very simple nymph patterns so I don't spend very much time tying them.

How do I move my images from Photobucket to here without making them so damn small?

I tie mostly black or brown stonefly nymphs in #10 - #16. I use either black or brown calf tail fibers for the tail, fine black or brown Larvae Lace hollow rib for the abdomens, a piece of Mylar braid for the wing case and black or brown Haretron thorax on a dubbing loop for the thorax and legs. I apply lengths of Haretron about 3/8" - 1/2" long perpendicular to the dubbing loop so when I wind the loop the hair makes a great looking robust thorax with built-in legs.

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Martinlf on Oct 31, 2014October 31st, 2014, 4:39 pm EDT
Well done, Matt.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Wbranch
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Wbranch on Oct 31, 2014October 31st, 2014, 5:05 pm EDT
Hi Louis,

I tried sending you an email to your college email but it came back as undeliverable. Do you have a new college email address or are you no longer affiliated with that college.

I'm headed back up to Elk, Twenty Mile, and the Conneaut in NE Ohio on Sunday. The forecast is for rain tonight, tomorrow, and tomorrow night. Sunday and Monday should be excellent with falling high water on Sunday and good green tinted water on Monday. Showers Tuesday through Wednesday should keep the water good color and keep bring fresh fish into all the creeks.

Want to land a couple of those 28" - 30" fresh fish I broke off on my last trip. Just have to be more patient and willing to chase them back into the Lake if necessary. Going to stay all week if the water conditions, and my stamina, hold out.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Martinlf on Nov 1, 2014November 1st, 2014, 6:00 pm EDT
Hi Matt,

No same old email, same old college. I'll send you an email so you have it again. I'd love to join you, but school's keeping me too busy right now. Just hope I have a chance to chase some chrome when I can manage to retire. Till then, I'll have to live vicariously through your posts and photos. Tight lines.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Corey
Tampa, Florida

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Corey on Jul 5, 2015July 5th, 2015, 3:04 pm EDT
Love 20 mile creek, thats where I managed my largest steelhead to date as well. Steelhead
Wbranch
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Wbranch on Jul 12, 2015July 12th, 2015, 9:03 pm EDT
Corey, have you really the Erie creeks or are you just providing links to your web site to sell flies?
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Lastchance
Portage, PA

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Lastchance on Jul 13, 2015July 13th, 2015, 2:06 pm EDT
Ditto
Corey
Tampa, Florida

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Corey on Aug 24, 2015August 24th, 2015, 6:01 pm EDT
Haha no i really love steelhead fishing in Erie, even more specifically the bend on 20 mile creek that leads back out to lake. It helps that I also sell flies and lures :)

****Just so you know i also really fish not trying to steal your thread***
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MiltRPowell
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MiltRPowell on Aug 24, 2015August 24th, 2015, 7:57 pm EDT
Corey, Just so you know...
Nice,nice,nice... Now that I bet give you a run???
Boy, that is sure some nice fish, thanks for showing it....
Milt...
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Wbranch
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Wbranch on Aug 24, 2015August 24th, 2015, 8:22 pm EDT
Yes, I know that run very well! the last pool before the lake. One day in mid December three years ago I arrived around 9:00 a.m. It was very windy and the air temperature hovering between 30 - 32 all day. Surprisingly, actually amazingly, there was no one in the parking lot. I made a beeline down to that pool and in about four hours hooked over twenty fresh steelhead and everyone turned around and headed straight out for the lake.

These are typical of that day;






Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Entoman on Aug 24, 2015August 24th, 2015, 8:50 pm EDT
Wow, what a day! To hook 20 "landlocks" (He He) of that size in a day is incredible! I've done that with "Half Pounders" (Western nomenclature - means up to 3 or so pounds), but not the size you're talking about.. In spite of all the years we've fished, Matt - that's a pretty high bar!*

*For those readers who may doubt, you don't know Matt. :)
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
MiltRPowell
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MiltRPowell on Aug 25, 2015August 25th, 2015, 7:01 am EDT
* For those readers who may doubt, you don't know Matt:)
This I know his photo's since I have been on this site, speak a 1,000 words, and more. And he'll clue ya in on the good times,& share the bad times to. No doubt Matt's gone done the extra mile many times. True sportsman, by any standard...
I look forward to his photo's he digs up, ta show how it is, or how it was. Keep them coming.... Matt.
Oh!!!, that last one, a beauty...
M.R.P.
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Wbranch
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Wbranch on Aug 25, 2015August 25th, 2015, 9:42 am EDT
I saw this fish in a tail-out in about 2' of very clear water. I knelt down and took off my indicator, BB's, and put on a #16 stonefly and cast to the side of the fish and let the current swing it right in front of him. I saw his mouth open, then close, and tug, then I set the hook. It was a great fight running out of the pool and down stream about 75 yards.

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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