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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 Psychodidae True Fly Larva from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This wild-looking little thing completely puzzled me. At first I was thinking beetle or month larva, until I got a look at the pictures on the computer screen. I made a couple of incorrect guesses before entomologist Greg Courtney pointed me in the right direction with Psychodidae. He suggested a possible genus of Thornburghiella, but could not rule out some other members of the tribe Pericomini.
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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Xiaozay on Jan 8, 2015January 8th, 2015, 5:09 am EST
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Wbranch on Jan 8, 2015January 8th, 2015, 2:04 pm EST
I guess beauty is in the eyes of the beholders! These guys are frequently waxing poetically about the "lovely fish". Maybe they don't have any other species. I'm a bit confused - the poster is from Viet Nam but I'm pretty sure the fish were caught in some lakes in England. The countryside surely looks more like what I'd expect inland England to look like and not the lush vegetation of tropical Viet Nam.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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