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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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By Troutnut on June 22nd, 2020, 9:35 am EDT
I just completed a trip report article about my first Idaho hunting experience, a lengthy trip last fall seeking a mule deer buck. I won't recap the whole hunt in this blog post, but the trip was full of great scenery and lessons learned about hunting those wily deer.

I covered an incredible variety of country:

For more pictures, see the full report.

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Martinlf on Jun 22, 2020June 22nd, 2020, 1:19 pm EDT
Gorgeous photos, and an interesting, suspenseful narrative. I had a tough day fishing and scouting some new water on Penns Creek a few days ago, and your story reminded me of all the things I tried that didn't work. But I did learn a whole new section of the river, and talking with a guide figured out why the fish may have been so unresponsive. (I'd had very good fishing two days before.) Ultimately I was glad to see what I'd seen and gained a bit more knowledge. It sounds like you were as well. Better luck next time!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Troutnut on Jun 22, 2020June 22nd, 2020, 3:01 pm EDT
things I tried that didn't work

That should have been my title!
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Partsman on Jun 23, 2020June 23rd, 2020, 1:31 am EDT
Thanks for a great report and as always your photos are first class.
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Kvnfraley on Jun 24, 2020June 24th, 2020, 5:49 am EDT
Great photos and picturesque area. Its super cool to see those moose wandering around scrub country. I grew up hunting mule deer in NW Montana, I think it is quite a bit easier there because there are fewer people willing to hump it into the alpine to go after muleys, and most just focus on whitetails in the lowlands. I have a backcountry elk hunt planned in MT this September, really looking forward to hunting in MT again for the first time in 10+ years
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Troutnut on Jun 29, 2020June 29th, 2020, 6:11 am EDT
Good luck on your elk hunt!

I'm thinking of hunting MT soon. For this year I'm focusing on Idaho and trying to connect with a mule deer finally, although last year had me wishing I had an elk tag most days. It's a tough tag for a nonresident to draw in the area I was hunting, not a general rifle season.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
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