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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 Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing this one.
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 RegionGreen River Wyoming
Specific LocationGreen River Wyoming
Dates FishedApril 4th
Time of DayAll Day
Fish CaughtRainbows and Browns
Conditions & HatchesBWO, Midges

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Green River Wyoming

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Parsond on Apr 9, 2015April 9th, 2015, 8:13 am EDT
Floated thru my home town with my little girl. Very cool day! It started out pretty cold, so we ate donuts, looked at birds and water type critters, stripped a few streamers, and drank hot chocolate. Once it warmed up some bugs started to do their thing and we could nymph the shelves and side channels. Fishing was good. A lot of small fish but we managed to find a few larger 'bows. My kiddo was, as always, a trooper and managed to catch a few all by herself.
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MiltRPowell on Apr 9, 2015April 9th, 2015, 10:31 am EDT
Daniel, great photo's, could just feel myself there. Looks like you have some great floating there & some pretty great fishing as well. But floating down river & eating the doughnuts with your little trooper -Priceless. Well welcome, look forward ta seeing other trips. I fish streams in N.Y. Nothing like you have, looks great...
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Apr 9, 2015April 9th, 2015, 10:54 am EDT
What a cute kid. The photo of her in the front of the boat is one to frame. You two are very lucky. Reminds me of fishing with my girls when they were little. Now I have a three-year-old granddaughter. I'll be getting her out in a bit.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Apr 9, 2015April 9th, 2015, 11:30 am EDT

I also love the shots of your daughter - what a great fishing partner!

Nice work, nice photos, well done!

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

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