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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 Pycnopsyche guttifera (Limnephilidae) (Great Autumn Brown Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen appears to be of the same species as this one collected in the same spot two months earlier. The identification of both is tentative. This one suffered some physical damage before being photographed, too, so the colors aren't totally natural. I was mostly photographing it to test out some new camera setting idea, which worked really well for a couple of closeups.
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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Martinlf has attached these 4 pictures to this report. The message is below.
Marvin's biggest brown
Marvin caught this walleye one evening.  It was 26" (measured)
A fish I had lost a few days before.  Found him feeding in the same spot and managed to land him this time.
My fish being released.  He took a size 22 caddis on 7X, and took off like a shot when I let go of him.

Report at a Glance

General RegionPennsylvania
Specific Locationspring creeks and a tailwater
Dates FishedMay 17 through May 24
Time of Daysunup to sundown
Fish CaughtTrout, smallmouth, rock bass, and walleye
Conditions & Hatchescaddis and sulphurs

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Martinlf
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Martinlf on May 26, 2015May 26th, 2015, 6:04 pm EDT
My nephew Marvin Forte came for a fishing visit last week, and caught some nice fish. I managed a few too. Here are a few photos
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Catskilljon on May 26, 2015May 26th, 2015, 7:30 pm EDT
Very nice trout! Got to be over 20"...right? And Marvins...22"? Man, beauties!
And that walleye...I guess that's nice too! CJ
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Martinlf on May 26, 2015May 26th, 2015, 7:44 pm EDT
Not quite that big, CJ, but very rewarding given the circumstances for both fish. Marvin's just starting to fly fish, and after a few days I left him entirely on his own, and fished a run upstream. I looked down to see his rod bent over and him shouting, "big fish." As you figured, his brown at 18" was bigger than mine (17"), though the positioning of the net doesn't show that clearly. We had a ball.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Taxon on May 27, 2015May 27th, 2015, 1:38 am EDT
Louis-

Very nice; thanks for sharing.

Best regards,
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
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PaulRoberts on May 27, 2015May 27th, 2015, 7:06 pm EDT
Productive fishing visit: big trout for a new FF, a darn nice walleye, and another redemption! story.
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Oldredbarn on Jun 3, 2015June 3rd, 2015, 6:20 pm EDT
Nice stuff Louis! Sharing a stream with family and friends is a special thing.

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Marvinforte on Jun 13, 2015June 13th, 2015, 12:23 pm EDT
Thanks to Uncle Lou and John for all the expert advice. Fishing dries in PA was a real learning experience in tactical fly fishing for me. Been fly fishing about 3 years now and so far have caught brown, rainbow, brook, golden and apache trout on the fly.
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Taxon on Jun 13, 2015June 13th, 2015, 1:32 pm EDT
Welcome to Troutnut, Marvin. That's a rather impressive variety of trout to have caught. Incidentally, we are enthusiastic fans of your uncle Louis, as he's a real class act.
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Oldredbarn on Jun 15, 2015June 15th, 2015, 9:55 am EDT
Welcome to Troutnut, Marvin. That's a rather impressive variety of trout to have caught. Incidentally, we are enthusiastic fans of your uncle Louis, as he's a real class act.


"I second that emotion."

Got to fish with Louis a couple years back on Spring Creek and the Yellow Breeches. :) He was handicapped back then and fishing south-paw, but still getting it done. He's probably an ambidextrous angler now. :)

Spence
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
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Martinlf on Jun 16, 2015June 16th, 2015, 7:17 pm EDT
Aw shucks, thanks guys.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Oldredbarn on Jun 17, 2015June 17th, 2015, 9:53 am EDT
Aw shucks


Pun intended? :) I mean with those pics on the the other thread of all those Hex's?

Spence
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
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Martinlf on Jan 27, 2016January 27th, 2016, 4:53 pm EST
Here in midwinter it's nice to relive warmer days. All browns this time. My nephew and I are planning a trip for next spring to the San Juan and a few other rivers in his neck of the woods.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Wbranch on Jan 27, 2016January 27th, 2016, 5:52 pm EST
Louis,

While I have never fished the SJ I have read that very small, #20 - #24 nymphs and worms (miracle nymph) are very productive.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Martinlf on Jan 29, 2016January 29th, 2016, 9:12 pm EST
Marvin (my nephew) lives not all that far away from the SJ, and he's fished it. He says at certain times dry flies work also. I'll be tying miracle nymphs and midges, but also some dries, such as the clump midge that is so successful there when fish are up and eating.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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