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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 Limnephilidae (Giant Sedges) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen resembled several others of around the same size and perhaps the same species, which were pretty common in my February sample from the upper Yakima. Unfortunately, I misplaced the specimen before I could get it under a microscope for a definitive ID.
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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Crepuscular on Mar 4, 2015March 4th, 2015, 5:18 am EST
With the recent discussion of the Sage 500 series reels I thought this may be of interest to some, look familiar?

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PaulRoberts on Mar 4, 2015March 4th, 2015, 1:56 pm EST
Yes, that looks like the Sage reel, except for color.

I don't know the Dutchess, but I have a 1950's Princess I picked up in the late 1970's from a retired physician. I was being paid to clean his garage and found a box of fly tackle, labelled "Montana". In it was the Princess. He gave it to me and I wouldn't take the day's pay, saying the reel was plenty. I was thrilled and use it still, although I must say the click-n-pawl makes an awful racket when drawing line from it. Somehow I didn't mind it so much when tethered to a good steelhead -the sound takes on more of a pleasant "buzz".

Here's mine:

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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Mar 4, 2015March 4th, 2015, 4:30 pm EST
Okay, maybe someone can tell me the history behind this reel. Mostly I'm interested in what period it was manufactured. It is a neat reel in that has a disc drag but also a click and pawl mechanism to get that classic Hardy sound when a fish runs or you reel in line.

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Upstate NY

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Catskilljon on Mar 4, 2015March 4th, 2015, 4:47 pm EST
I did a little looking around and it appears they were introduced in the early-mid 90's Matt. CJ

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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Mar 4, 2015March 4th, 2015, 5:04 pm EST

Thanks, I hate to admit this but it was the first time I may ever have removed the spool since I bought it way back then. It was pretty gunked up so I wiped off all the old grease, added new, and put the spool back in the cage.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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