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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.

Case view of a Pycnopsyche guttifera (Limnephilidae) (Great Autumn Brown Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
It's only barely visible in one of my pictures, but I confirmed under the microscope that this one has a prosternal horn and the antennae are mid-way between the eyes and front of the head capsule.

I'm calling this one Pycnopsyche, but it's a bit perplexing. It seems to key definitively to at least Couplet 8 of the Key to Genera of Limnephilidae Larvae. That narrows it down to three genera, and the case seems wrong for the other two. The case looks right for Pycnopsyche, and it fits one of the key characteristics: "Abdominal sternum II without chloride epithelium and abdominal segment IX with only single seta on each side of dorsal sclerite." However, the characteristic "metanotal sa1 sclerites not fused, although often contiguous" does not seem to fit well. Those sclerites sure look fused to me, although I can make out a thin groove in the touching halves in the anterior half under the microscope. Perhaps this is a regional variation.

The only species of Pycnopsyche documented in Washington state is Pycnopsyche guttifera, and the colors and markings around the head of this specimen seem to match very well a specimen of that species from Massachusetts on Bugguide. So I am placing it in that species for now.

Whatever species this is, I photographed another specimen of seemingly the same species from the same spot a couple months later.
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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Chefmgp
Hollis Maine

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Chefmgp on Nov 6, 2014November 6th, 2014, 3:51 pm EST
I have a question. I just acquired 5 fly fishing reels loaded with line and am curious to know if there is a way to tell what kind of line is on them or should I just replace the line.
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Taxon on Nov 6, 2014November 6th, 2014, 9:02 pm EST
Michael,

Based on your question, I am guessing you are not an experienced fly fisher. So, my recommendation would be to visit a fly shop. Whoever waits on you should be able to look at the line on your newly acquired reels, and give you a pretty good idea as to the type, weight, and condition of line spooled on each of them.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Nov 8, 2014November 8th, 2014, 2:53 pm EST
Hello Michael,

Here is a link for a fly line scale. It is really the tool you need to learn the weights of your lines. Modern fly lines are designed in many sizes (weights) to cast appropriately on various length and action fly rods. Fly line weights begin (I think) at #1 and continue up to #15.

Most trout and bass fishing is done with line weights from #4 - #7. Here is the link. The scale is a reasonable $19.99.

http://midcurrent.com/2012/02/27/must-have-gear-umpqua-fly-line-scale/
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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