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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
Baetis

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 Kogotus (Perlodidae) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
This one pretty clearly keys to Kogotus, but it also looks fairly different from specimens I caught in the same creek about a month later in the year. With only one species of the genus known in Washington, I'm not sure about the answer to this 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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Report at a Glance

General RegionYorkshire Dales National Park, Yorkshire, England
Specific LocationRiver Wharf, above Burnsall
Dates FishedJuly 17
Time of DayAll Day
Fish CaughtBrown Trout
Conditions & HatchesWater Temp 56 degrees,peaty but fairly clear
Water 12-14 inches above normal--very wet summer of heavy prolonged rains.
Sproradic hatches of pale watery duns but not fishable. (yup, that's what he called them.

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CaseyP
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Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

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CaseyP on Jul 17, 2007July 17th, 2007, 9:00 am EDT
Czech Nymphed (three heavy nymphs fished on a short line, moving up or downstream every 10 casts or so) all day because of high water. had good success; 8 or 9 landed, several more given a long-distance release, and a bunch of bites until i got the hang of it.

two real wild trout, one about 8 inches long and so beautiful we forgot to take the photo, and one about 16 inches that put up the best fight of the day.

the one in the photo over in the photo forum took a good 5 minutes or more to land. there are supposed to be lots of grayling in the river, but they weren't interested in our offerings. guide was overjoyed when the fish began biting after a slow start; it's been a dreadful summer with too many days cancelled because of bad conditions. we did sit out one thunderstorm on the bank in the photo...the other excitement was a military jet that flew very suddenly and loudly at low level over our heads--good thing i like those birds!

in the late afternoon we found some quieter water with a good riffle and I began to learn how to fish all those soft hackles you all were so kind to teach me. had three bites, but lost them to overenthusiastic hooksets from upstream. oh, heavens, another set to learn! then had to leave when the clouds gathered again.

not a day i'll soon forget!

(Oops, just noticed i could have put the pictures in here...next time)
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
Martinlf
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on May 13, 2012May 13th, 2012, 6:25 pm EDT
Beautiful fish, Casey. Thanks for sharing. We are all learning, and the day we stop, take us off the stream.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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