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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.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
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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Wisconisco Smallmouth.  Caught a dozen this size on a red BH Black Bugger while trout fishing the Ned Smith water.

Report at a Glance

General RegionSusquehanna River
Specific LocationBelow Harrisburg and above the Maryland line
Dates FishedMid July to late October
Time of Day8 - 2
Fish CaughtSmallmouth
Conditions & Hatchesminnow hatch, crayfish hatch, Luekon blizzard emergence at dusk, Brown drake if you stay to dark

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Wbranch's profile picture
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2635
Wbranch on Jun 16, 2018June 16th, 2018, 11:01 am EDT
A bunch of older pictures that may have been posted up, or not, before.

WARNING if seeing pictures of non fly fishing gear offends the sensibilities of any Troutnut Forum member please be advised to not scroll down any further. I often make forays onto the Dark Side while pursuing Micropterus dolomieu.

I have many more pictures of 18" - 20" smallmouth but don't want to over do it with my ego hero shots.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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bancroft michigan

Posts: 321
Partsman on Jun 17, 2018June 17th, 2018, 12:32 pm EDT
Beautiful pictures Matt, I love smallies and used to do pretty good on the ausable above five channels dam, my wifes family had a cabin there and we had blast back in the day. As hot as the tempture is getting so early in the summer smallies may be a good option. I know Jonathon does really well on smallies below five channels, and really loves the fishing there. Im going to give it a go if the trout fishing becomes a no go because of water temp. Thanks for some great pics.

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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Jun 17, 2018June 17th, 2018, 2:43 pm EDT
Oh yeah, those tiger-striped bronzebacks! Nice work Matt, and I bet a nice workout too! Those guys are brutes, they make largemouth look lazy, even give a rainbow of similar size a run for their money. I see a couple on flies there, Matt.

As Mike says, it's just about time for me to hit Cooke below Five Channels, should be plenty of hatching going on there now and we are probably not far from Hex hatches with this latest heat wave. I hid in my air conditioning all day and let the tourists feed the deer flies (they love this hot weather, so I imagine the downstaters got munched pretty bad). Tomorrow or Tuesday though, depending on weather, will be my next foray - gotta hit the Rifle, [REDACTED] Pond, and Cooke to complete my first round of fishing.

Tight lines whatever you are after!

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Martinlf's profile picture
Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Jun 17, 2018June 17th, 2018, 4:34 pm EDT
Nice fish, Matt!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Monticello, NY

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Adirman on Jun 18, 2018June 18th, 2018, 1:23 am EDT
Nice pics my friend !! Looks like you had a nice time 😊

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