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Blue-winged olives entice trout to feed all season long on Michigan streams

The author used a blue-winged olive to catch this healthy brown trout. When fly-fishing, bigger isn’t always better when targeting Michigan trout streams. (Photo by Andy Duffy)

Big fly, big fish. Right?
Well, not always. Sometimes the fish key on the most numerous flies on the water – even if the flies are tiny. And those flies the fish are keying on are likely to be blue-winged olives.
The olives are a group of small mayflies with greenish-hued bodies and smoky-blue wings. The flies run in size anywhere from about a size 14 clear down to almost microscopic. Anglers can see a lot of variation in size even among flies of the same species.

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