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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 Pycnopsyche guttifera (Limnephilidae) (Great Autumn Brown Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen appears to be of the same species as this one collected in the same spot two months earlier. The identification of both is tentative. This one suffered some physical damage before being photographed, too, so the colors aren't totally natural. I was mostly photographing it to test out some new camera setting idea, which worked really well for a couple of closeups.
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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Jmd123 on Apr 11, 2020April 11th, 2020, 1:19 pm EDT
Made use of my fresh MI license and found myself a patch of water to cast on for a little while. After some exploring on 2-tracks, I popped down to the Pine Acres access on Cooke Pond today, and there was no one there! No fees today either, the fee box was wrapped up tight in plastic...saved 5 bucks! Nice sunny day in the low 50s F but the wind was stiff and on occasion made casting frustrating, and nothing came out to play with my #10 black-eyed POG Bugger either, in spite of some decent looking wood on the (strangely weedless) bottom (I am usually here in the summer). It's early yet...heard the first frogs today, northern leopards were calling at Pine Acres from the grassy islands in the river! Saw several mourning cloak butterflies as well as a couple of angle-wings, midge hatches at Cooke Pond too. Felt good to be out in the woods and on the water, fresh air, sunshine, and exercise, and no people to deal with...except for two brand-new looking cars at Clark's Marsh that (again) made me turn around and go home.

It has begun...slowly...


P.S. That #10 POG Bugger got left behind me in the weeds somewhere on a cast (my last)...1st sacrifice of the year, too.
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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