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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 Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
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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By Troutnut on January 22nd, 2016, 12:19 pm EST
I've added a new feature article to the site, a pair of fly fishing stories written by my late Great Uncle, Joseph Drasler, along with a brief introduction to this remarkable man.

Growing up chasing farm pond bass in northern Missouri, I never saw a trout until about age twelve, when Uncle Joe took my family on a tour of Rocky Mountain National Park and we stopped briefly to stare into a crystal-clear spring creek as a couple of lively twelve-inchers dashed for cover. Maybe that was the beginning of the grip trout streams have on my imagination.

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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jan 22, 2016January 22nd, 2016, 12:41 pm EST
Looks like a Shakespeare "Wonder Rod" and a Martin automatic fly reel.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Wiflyfisher on Jan 22, 2016January 22nd, 2016, 12:58 pm EST
I still have my first Shakespeare Wonder Rod and my Dad's old creel. We used to fill it with wet grass and put the trout in it. How times have changed.

Jason, I guess you're back in Alaska now.
Myrtle Beach

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Hal on Jan 22, 2016January 22nd, 2016, 1:08 pm EST
Great stories,Your uncle was also at home with pen in hand,very well written.I have my Dads Wonder rod am thinking of bringing it out of retirement.
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Novi, MI

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Oldredbarn on Jan 23, 2016January 23rd, 2016, 8:03 am EST
In two of the larger dams located just above this spot, we observed in passing, fish are disturbing the surface of the water, feeding on a new hatch of mayflies. We will try our luck there first after we deposit our beer in the cold water, cache our lunch in a tree limb, away from bugs and ants, and hang up our jackets and knapsacks.

Got to love this guy!

As they say, "The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree!"

Tell mom thanks from us "other" TroutNuts.


as Dickens aptly stated, “Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress."

Nice! The original Mr Lore.
"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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PaulRoberts on Jan 26, 2016January 26th, 2016, 9:41 am EST
Nice. Fun read.
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Jan 29, 2016January 29th, 2016, 2:22 pm EST
What a great bit of history. I love Uncle Joe's style, which is so typical of the time period. His story about Colorado reminded me of a trip I took in the 1970's, fishing the beaverdams near Snowmass with a buddy who lived in Evergreen. I'll bet many of us have a fishing uncle. Mind was Uncle John. He taught me a great many things about the pursuit of finned creatures. Thanks, Jason.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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