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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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About "Mystery Creeks": If you recognize one of these, you already understand why I'm keeping it a secret. I'm not as strict as some anglers about hiding where I fish, mostly because I don't expect to substantially affect fishing pressure on already well-known or simply unpopular waters. But there are some gems where I don't want to add a single unfamiliar bootprint to the mix, due to the fishing, their wild character, or keeping a friend's secret. They're all "Mystery Creek" here—even the lakes.

Landscape & scenery photos from Mystery Creek # 199

This pool held two pretty westslope cutthroats

From Mystery Creek # 199 in Washington
My first westslope cutthroat!
My biggest fish of the day, a beautiful westslope cutthroat trout.
My first westslope cuttthroat, up close
Small stream fly fishing at its finest

From Mystery Creek # 199 in Washington
Mystery Creek # 199 in Washington
My wife Lena fishing a nice mountain meadow

From Mystery Creek # 199 in Washington
Mystery Creek # 199 in Washington
Mystery Creek # 199 in Washington

Closeup insects by Troutnut from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington

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