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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.

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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Roguerat on Dec 25, 2014December 25th, 2014, 1:59 am EST
My wife surprised me with a Renzetti Traveler vise for Christmas, and yes, I've been up since 5 or so playing with it...crazy fun to tie on this one!

Anyway, a Merry Christmas to all the Troutnuts out there,


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Lastchance on Dec 25, 2014December 25th, 2014, 7:20 am EST
Merry Christmas to all.
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CaseyP on Dec 25, 2014December 25th, 2014, 10:35 am EST
Merry Christmas to my favorite on-line community!
Looks like fishing is the order of the day in PA and VA. Skiing sure isn't worth much after all the rain, but the streams will drop before the mercury does...
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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Wbranch on Dec 25, 2014December 25th, 2014, 10:39 am EST
Yes, Merry Christmas to everyone! This is the best group of flyfishers of all the forums I've ever visited.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Oldredbarn on Dec 25, 2014December 25th, 2014, 3:07 pm EST
Merry Christmas!

"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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Martinlf on Dec 25, 2014December 25th, 2014, 4:25 pm EST
Merry Christmas Troutnuts, and a very troutful New Year to all.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Jmd123 on Jan 1, 2015January 1st, 2015, 8:15 am EST
A very belated Merry Christmas to all but a timely HAPPY NEW YEAR to my fellow troutnuts!! I was downstate visiting my folks with my new kitty (Leo the Lion, or more properly Leonid Catski since he's a Russian Blue) and so have been away from the computer for a while. Got a pair of snow shoes for Christmas but don't know if I will use them any time soon - we are still BARE of snow! Ice is finally forming however so that's my winter alternative, the fly rods are taking a "long Winter's nap" - even have a few lakes to ice fish for trout!


No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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