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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.

Dorsal view of a Epeorus albertae (Heptageniidae) (Pink Lady) Mayfly Nymph from the East Fork Issaquah Creek in Washington
This specimen keys to the Epeorus albertae group of species. Of the five species in that group, the two known in Washington state are Epeorus albertae and Epeorus dulciana. Of the two, albertae has been collected in vastly more locations in Washington than dulciana, suggesting it is far more common. On that basis alone I'm tentatively putting this nymph in albertae, with the large caveat that there's no real information to rule out dulciana.
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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By Dneuswanger on September 4th, 2014
This was Day 4 of a five-day, father-son fishing trip to south-central Alaska. After a good night’s sleep at the Ocean Shores Motel in Homer, Jason and I packed up and went downtown to get a late breakfast. Homer Fish Processing did an excellent job vacuum sealing and freezing all our fish into 1-pound packages, so we put Jason’s fish into his cooler and arranged to have my fish shipped home. We stopped at a gift shop in Homer and toured the Oceans and Marine Visitor’s Center, which had some interesting displays and information about the Maritime Refuge system in Alaska.

By noon we had checked out of the motel and were headed back north, stopping only briefly to check out Quartz Creek (photo below) and enjoying the scenery along the Kenai River near Cooper Landing. We stopped at the new Cabela’s store in Anchorage, which had lots of impressive taxidermy and two big aquaria (one for unsociable rainbow trout only, and another with Dolly Varden, round whitefish, and Arctic grayling). Back on the road, we stopped for supper in Wasilla. We called ahead to the Swiss Alaska Inn in Talkeetna and had them leave the key in the door to our cabin in anticipation of our late arrival (~10:30 p.m.). The cabin was very clean and comfortable.

Photos by Troutnut from Quartz Creek in Alaska

Quartz Creek near Cooper Landing

From Quartz Creek in Alaska

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Bechtlej on Apr 26, 2016April 26th, 2016, 10:57 am EDT
If you head to this area again it is excellent during the middle of the week in the first two weeks in August and then again in later September if it hasn't frozen over.

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