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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.

Dorsal view of a Neoleptophlebia (Leptophlebiidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Some characteristics from the microscope images for the tentative species id: The postero-lateral projections are found only on segment 9, not segment 8. Based on the key in Jacobus et al. (2014), it appears to key to Neoleptophlebia adoptiva or Neoleptophlebia heteronea, same as this specimen with pretty different abdominal markings. However, distinguishing between those calls for comparing the lengths of the second and third segment of the labial palp, and this one (like the other one) only seems to have two segments. So I'm stuck on them both. It's likely that the fact that they're immature nymphs stymies identification in some important way.
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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Ov10fac on Mar 20, 2020March 20th, 2020, 3:25 am EDT
I have been making my own furled leaders for a few years. I love the way they fish and its a fun hobby. But I would like to make some multi-colored leaders, specifically some with bright color sections to use as strike indicators. I have made a few by adding a second color to the leader in the following way.
Lay down the left and right loops leaving the last loop #3 in a five step leader empty. I now have loops on the board with the following count. 3.5 and 2.5 loops on both sides. I then tie the bright color to the right loop with a simple overhand knot, make the 1.5 loops and tie in to the left loop with another overhand loop.
This seems to work OK, but the knots seem to create some issues at times. I have alos used a similar technique, but instead of tying in to the loop, I add the high vis section to the beginning and simply create the last loop and secure to the right twisting hook.
As I said, both seem to work, but I think there might be a better way that I just havent figured out yet, so any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Martinlf on Mar 20, 2020March 20th, 2020, 6:10 am EDT
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"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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