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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 Setvena wahkeena (Perlodidae) (Wahkeena Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
As far as I can tell, this species has only previously been reported from one site in Oregon along the Columbia gorge. However, the key characteristics are fairly unmistakable in all except for one minor detail:
— 4 small yellow spots on frons visible in photos
— Narrow occipital spinule row curves forward (but doesn’t quite meet on stem of ecdysial suture, as it's supposed to in this species)
— Short spinules on anterior margin of front legs
— Short rposterior row of blunt spinules on abdominal tergae, rather than elongated spinules dorsally
I caught several of these mature nymphs in the fishless, tiny headwaters of a creek high in the Wenatchee Mountains.
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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Shanemb2 on Jan 17, 2015January 17th, 2015, 10:46 pm EST
My friend and I are planning a trip to the savage river in may. It's difficult finding information on this area. Any info would be very helpful. We plan on fishing the tailwaters. Finding water that holds trout and learning what insects are around is part of the adventure. I am more interested in information regarding where to camp and hike to the stream. We want to camp and do the trip relatively rustic. Thanks for your help.
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Dryflyriley on Jan 18, 2015January 18th, 2015, 1:33 am EST
There are several remote camp sites by the road as you drive through the park. There are more on the head waters than tail, tail waters have two primary parking area where you access the stream. One word of caution the tail waters can be a little tricky wading do to the slick rocks.
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Wbranch on Jan 18, 2015January 18th, 2015, 4:53 am EST
Does this help you at all?


Savage River State Forest Trail Guide | Forest Service ...
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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