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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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Mlatimer has attached this picture to aid in identification. The message is below.
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Mlatimer on Jul 16, 2020July 16th, 2020, 2:07 am EDT
I was in the smokies fishing the headwaters of Lynn camp a couple weeks ago, and while I was standing admiring the landscape I happened to glance down at my rod only to find a blue quill esk fly had decided to rest on my rod handle. I snapped a couple pictures for identification since I’m not the most knowledgeable when it comes to specific insect varieties. I would really like to learn more on the entomology side of fly fishing and would like to know more about this guy. I also saw an adult yellow stonefly but it didn’t pose for pictures sadly. My best guess is blue quill but I could be way off, it seems a little on the small side.
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Taxon on Jul 16, 2020July 16th, 2020, 3:47 am EDT
Hi Mlatimer-

My guess would be a species of either genus Neoleptophlebia, or of genus Paraleptophlebia.
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Roger Rohrbeck
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Partsman on Jul 16, 2020July 16th, 2020, 11:03 am EDT
Mlatimer, I would agree with Taxon, bluequill. I would like to thank Jason, this is the best trout fishing, flyfishing website ever created! All of the folks here are so cool, Matt and Jonathon, and Martin are fishermen that I really take in to consideration for most of the conditions I get envoled with. And so many fine folks have great input from all over the country, this is just such a great learning website. Jason, thanks for all you have done here! And to all those that contribute photos, and the experts such as Taxon, thankyou!

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