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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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WI_Fisher on Aug 27, 2016August 27th, 2016, 10:41 am EDT
Hey new member here. So I recently splurged a little bit a few days ago and bought a sage 3250 5-6 wt reel and im looking for a good rod to go with it. I mostly fish on a smallish stream for trout and occasionally for panfish and bass. I currently have a redington path with a redington drift reel that I like but wanted to treat myself.
My budget is 350 to 400. Thanks for any help.
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Partsman on Aug 27, 2016August 27th, 2016, 2:00 pm EDT
For $425 dollars I like my new orvis 5wt. recon, but shop around, cast rods at your local flyshop and see what feels good to you.

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WI_Fisher on Aug 27, 2016August 27th, 2016, 5:33 pm EDT
Two rods that keep jumping out is the Redington vapen and the Redington Hydrogen. Anyone know anything about them? Tried them? I forgot to say that my other rod is a 5wt. Would a 6wt be a bit too much for the #12-#20 flies I use most on the river, or would a 5wt handle the occasional bass fine? The main reason Im looking at Redington is thats what I have. Im going to check a few of the fly shops around me on monday too. Just sorta trying to get peoples opinions of stuff before I go. Thanks
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Martinlf on Aug 28, 2016August 28th, 2016, 4:58 pm EDT
I've used my 5 wt for bass plenty of times, but I don't throw big air resistant flies with it, mostly sliders and wooly buggers for smallmouth. A 6 wt would be fine for flies 12-20 with the right tippet and leader.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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WI_Fisher on Aug 28, 2016August 28th, 2016, 5:06 pm EDT
Do you think the Hydrogen would be a good choice then? I think thats what im starting to lean towards because then id have two different size rods, the action would be the same as my current rod. Do you think a 5wt or 6wt would be better for what I want to do with it?

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WI_Fisher on Aug 29, 2016August 29th, 2016, 4:23 am EDT
Does anyone know of any other rods that would fit what I'm looking for? The more I look and read about it it seems like the vapen is going to off the list. Thanks for all the help.

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