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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
Baetis

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 # 42

Mystery Creek # 42 in Pennsylvania
Mystery Creek # 42 in Pennsylvania
This above/below shot has Gonzo fishing on top and a beautiful tea-stained little Pocono stream on the bottom.

From Mystery Creek # 42 in Pennsylvania
Mystery Creek # 42 in Pennsylvania

Underwater photos from Mystery Creek # 42

Mystery Creek # 42 in Pennsylvania
Gonzo and I had to wait a few seconds for this snapping turtle to get out of our way before we crossed over a log on his small stream.

From Mystery Creek # 42 in Pennsylvania
These big bucket-like nets on the weeds are home to Hydropsychid caddisflies, as I verified by actually taking one apart to look at its inhabitant.

From Mystery Creek # 42 in Pennsylvania
Mystery Creek # 42 in Pennsylvania

On-stream insect photos from Mystery Creek # 42

This dragonfly got stuck in its shuck trying to emerge, so it was just crawling around on this rock.

From Mystery Creek # 42 in Pennsylvania
This rock includes several empty Peltoperlid shucks.

From Mystery Creek # 42 in Pennsylvania
This stonefly is doing its best to pretend to be a mayfly.

From Mystery Creek # 42 in Pennsylvania
This Peltoperlid stonefly (roachfly) was crawling around on this rock looking for a comfortable place to emerge.

From Mystery Creek # 42 in Pennsylvania
This Peltoperlid stonefly (roachfly) was crawling around on this rock looking for a comfortable place to emerge.

From Mystery Creek # 42 in Pennsylvania
This Peltoperlid stonefly (roachfly) was crawling around on this rock looking for a comfortable place to emerge.

From Mystery Creek # 42 in Pennsylvania

Closeup insects by Troutnut from Mystery Creek #42 in Pennsylvania

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