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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.

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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General RegionNW PA & NE OH
Specific LocationUndisclosed
Dates FishedOct 20 - 24
Time of Day7 - 12 & 2 - 6
Fish CaughtBright steelhead
Conditions & HatchesUnusually low flows for late October. Also unseasonably warm days. Every day it at least 66 degrees. Bright sun 4 out of 5 days. One day of heavy rain from 7 - 11.

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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Oct 25, 2019October 25th, 2019, 6:19 am EDT
Low flows but good to very good numbers of fresh fish. I think we only beached a couple of males with color. All the females were dime bright. No fish under 24" and about half a dozen 26" - 28". We were very successful with #12 Prince nymphs, stonefly nymphs, swinging Emerald shiner patterns and of course the trout bead.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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bancroft michigan

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Partsman on Oct 25, 2019October 25th, 2019, 10:14 am EDT
Matt, that is awesome! fishing up here in northen Michigan is really dependent on the rainfall right now. From what I understand or have read your fishery is far different than here. It would be cool to fish water that maybe a little more consisdent in depth, for instance the ausable below foote dam has some very deep holes, and can be difficult to fish. With the consumer powers dams you really don't know what your going to get for a flow from day to day. Athough consumers is supposed to run a consistent flow that really doesn't happen. But right know I working on streamer fishing way upstream and have had some good luck. Hopefully the rain doesn't get much worse as this past Wednesday I was at my safe limit for wading! At any rate fall is a wonderful time to be outdoors and enjoying our beautiful rivers,
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Oct 27, 2019October 27th, 2019, 12:43 am EDT
Mike, actually Steelhead Alley (streams in PA, and OH) bordering Lake Erie are very rain event dependent to trigger steelhead runs. The stream bottoms and surrounding substrate is typically shale and water runs right off into the stream and in a few days are very low again. It takes repeated rain events to bring up the water table and saturate the ground to sustain more stable water levels.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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