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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.

Lateral view of a Psychodidae True Fly Larva from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This wild-looking little thing completely puzzled me. At first I was thinking beetle or month larva, until I got a look at the pictures on the computer screen. I made a couple of incorrect guesses before entomologist Greg Courtney pointed me in the right direction with Psychodidae. He suggested a possible genus of Thornburghiella, but could not rule out some other members of the tribe Pericomini.
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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Taxon on Sep 26, 2015September 26th, 2015, 5:10 pm EDT
Has anyone heard from Kurt since the N. Cal. wildfires? Perhaps he's just on an extended fishing trip, but it's not like him to ignore a PM for (6) days. :-)
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Troutnut on Sep 27, 2015September 27th, 2015, 2:30 am EDT
Haven't heard from him. Hope everything's ok there!
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PaulRoberts on Sep 27, 2015September 27th, 2015, 4:47 am EDT
Oh my. I was run out of my home for more than a month (mid-post here on Troutnut) a few years ago. When I came back half my neighbors had burned out. Wishing you luck and most of all safety, Kurt.

Just checked my email contacts and, oddly, I don't find him.
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Wbranch on Sep 27, 2015September 27th, 2015, 6:37 am EDT
Six days is nothing! I've sent him PM's that he does not read for weeks.

Here is what he wrote to me back in late August in response to a PM;

Sorry for getting back so late! First time I've signed in this month and had no idea your PMs were there.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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PaulRoberts on Sep 27, 2015September 27th, 2015, 9:29 am EDT
He's probably fishing, in a fireproof suit.
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Oldredbarn on Sep 27, 2015September 27th, 2015, 2:55 pm EDT
His probably up near Idaho fishing...He's originally from up that way...Has a brother, nephew, etc up there.

He gets quiet when he's up there fishing...Little internet connection.

Hope all is well!

Spence
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Taxon on Sep 27, 2015September 27th, 2015, 6:58 pm EDT
Spence,

Ah yes, that rings a bell.

Thanks,
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Martinlf on Sep 28, 2015September 28th, 2015, 6:07 pm EDT
Yeah, he's mentioned to me that he disappears at times when the fishing gets hot. Pun intended.
"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 Sep 28, 2015September 28th, 2015, 6:55 pm EDT
Maybe he's just tired of hearing Spence drone on end-less-ly...He needed a respite. :)

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"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
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Taxon on Sep 28, 2015September 28th, 2015, 9:33 pm EDT
Or, perhaps he simply got tired of being asked for an opinion when I get seriously stumped. :-)
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Taxon on Nov 23, 2015November 23rd, 2015, 4:26 pm EST
Received the following message from Kurt this morning:

Sorry for not responding sooner! Everything is fine with me, it's just been a very busy Fall! I'll be around more this Winter to have fun with bugs and I hope all is well with you also.

Best, Kurt
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Entoman on Nov 23, 2015November 23rd, 2015, 5:09 pm EST
Geez guys, sorry... I'm humbled to know there was so much concern... This thread was up and down before I ever saw it. The fishing In ID and MT was pretty busy in late September... It's the only excuse I have (pretty good one, though). Rest assured that if anything happened to me, somebody will let you know.
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Troutnut on Nov 23, 2015November 23rd, 2015, 6:34 pm EST
Thanks for the update Kurt, great to have you back!
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Entoman on Nov 23, 2015November 23rd, 2015, 6:59 pm EST
Thanks, Jason!

Also rest assured that I never shirked my duties as editor. With limited access to the internet in the wilds of ID/MT, I was checking content when I could instead of posting, usually without logging in as well. Other than a few infomercials to take care of, saw no problems - so thought I didn't need to. Lesson learned... :)
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
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Jmd123 on Nov 24, 2015November 24th, 2015, 10:04 am EST
So if the fishing was so busy, Kurt, tell us about it!!

Welcome back!

;oD

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Entoman on Nov 25, 2015November 25th, 2015, 8:05 am EST
The fishing sucks out here, Jon. Everybody stay home...:)
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Jmd123 on Nov 30, 2015November 30th, 2015, 2:28 pm EST
Well, my November just sucked too, Kurt, can't you tell from my posts?? All those, uh, smallmouth...

;oD

Jonathon
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Martinlf on Dec 4, 2015December 4th, 2015, 8:33 pm EST
Hey Kurt, every now and then I check to see if I'm closing on you. After the lull I came within about 50 posts, but you'll likely pull away now that you're back and school is in session for me. Dunno if that's worse for me or for you??? :) But welcome back!!
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Entoman on Dec 6, 2015December 6th, 2015, 4:44 pm EST
Thanks, buddy... Huge B run steelhead on the Clearwater and numbers on the Grande Ronde. Think we'll both be busy! :)
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
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Oldredbarn on Dec 7, 2015December 7th, 2015, 1:52 pm EST
Damn Louis...Spence isn't that far behind, and we all know brevity isn't his middle name...;)
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"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood

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