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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 Male Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This dun emerged from a mature nymph on my desk. Unfortunately its wings didn't perfectly dry out.
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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Pair of trumpeter swans with a cygnet!
Finally starting to see some fall colors
11-inch stocker, not quite big enough to keep (gotta be 12")
Still too short, back in you go
Almost but not quite...
Now THESE I can keep!!
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Oct 5, 2015October 5th, 2015, 5:31 pm EDT
After a nasty five-day stretch of high winds, things finally calmed down enough to get out the kayak again, in fact I had a lake that looked like glass today. Not only that, I got to share it with a pair of trumpeter swans with a cygnet! And to sweeten the deal, both the trout and the perch were biting today, all on a #6 silver/grey KBF with lead dumbbell eyes. Six of the seven perch were big enough to drop off at my local shop for filleting, the trout were just a hair too short to keep (these are stockers with no hope of reproducing). All of it made for a lovely day!

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

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Partsman on Oct 6, 2015October 6th, 2015, 11:52 am EDT
Cool Jonathon, I was up on the pine yesterday grouse hunting with the old lab. That goofy dog just loves to get in the river and swim and then go like a mad man in that cedar swamp. We swung by the Foote damn and the high banks, and then the whirlpool launch to see if there was anything going on fish wise. Boy things sure have changed in the 40 or so years, I remember the Ausable being full of spawning salmon this time of year, what a zoo it was at foote damn! Oh well fall is a beautiful time to up north and I hope to make a few more trips up that before winter.
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Oldredbarn on Oct 6, 2015October 6th, 2015, 4:55 pm EDT
Very nice bird spot there sir...:)

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

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