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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 Amphizoa (Amphizoidae) Beetle Larva from Sears Creek in Washington
This is the first of it's family I've seen, collected from a tiny, fishless stream in the Cascades. The three species of this genus all live in the Northwest and are predators that primarily eat stonefly nymphs Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019).
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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Report at a Glance

General RegionCumberland Valley
Specific LocationLetort and Big Spring
Dates FishedMarch 13
Time of DayAfternoon
Fish CaughtBrowns, a Brookie, and a Rainbow
Conditions & HatchesA few olives and midges coming off, but the cold wind seemed to shut the bugs down generally. Cloudy and bone chilling with 15-25 mph winds and temps in the 30's.

Details and Discussion

Martinlf
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Mar 14, 2018March 14th, 2018, 10:17 am EDT
My buddy Bill had retreated down to my neck of the woods from a more northern location where he fished the day before, leaving the snow there for a few degrees of warmer temps and some new waters. We caught fish off and on all day, on top and down under, but had to work for them. We walked a lot, swapped stories and flies, and agreed that the company was better than the fishing, but that it was good to be out, even in such tough conditions. Hoping for warmer days soon.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
RleeP
NW PA - Pennsylvania's Glacial Pothole Wonderland

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RleeP on Mar 14, 2018March 14th, 2018, 1:46 pm EDT
Good for you, Louis!

Up here in southern Erie/northern Crawford County, it's gonna take a week of days in the 50's before I can even find the creeks, let alone fish them.

Snow out the Willywonger....

But then again, that is one of the reasons it is home and why I love it.
Jmd123
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Mar 14, 2018March 14th, 2018, 5:00 pm EDT
Louis, You're my hero! Kudos to you for getting out and giving it a whack, with success! A brook, a brown, and a 'bow is a Michigan Grand Slam, which I can remember doing only once myself.

Our snow is gradually melting but the nights keep going down into the teens around here. I've heard a few cardinals and red-winged blackbirds singing (the latter one of my favorite), and before our latest snow the mosses were putting up their little sporophyte stalks outside my bedroom window. Our rivers have all gotten a good blow-out, in fact some bad flooding in places (but not around here). I am expecting a good morel crop from all the snow and last summer's rain, plus our summer trout conditions should be good with high aquifers keeping the cold groundwater flowing.

Not gonna be spring for a good month in these parts, though.

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

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PaulRoberts on Mar 15, 2018March 15th, 2018, 5:56 am EDT
Nice. Glad you got out. Always worthwhile, esp with good company.
Adirman
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Monticello, NY

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Adirman on Mar 29, 2018March 29th, 2018, 4:38 am EDT
A grand slam huh? Nice 👍!

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