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Troutnut.com User Jmd123 (Jonathon M. DeNike)

Real NameJonathon M. DeNike
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LocationOscoda, MI
Biography & ThoughtsBegan fly fishing for trout in 1985 in the Maple River in northern lower Michigan, and warmwater fly fishing the very next year in my home town lake (Sylvan Glen, Troy, MI). I began tying my own flies in 1990 and have never fished with a fly I did not tie myself ever since. Native Michigander, born, raised, educated (BS botany, U of M; MS entomology, MSU), and living here until further notice. Currently living in Oscoda, on the edge of the Huron National Forest and ten minutes walk from the lower Au Sable River. I have also lived, and fly fished, in Missouri, Oregon, Georgia, and Texas. My favorite fly fishing is with dry flies for trout, panfish, and bass, and also streamer fishing for the same. I created a pattern of my own, called the "Killer Bass Fly", with which I have caught the two largest bass of my life on ANY tackle, amongst thousands of other warmwater species. I personally think if you are limiting your fly fishing only to trout, you are truly missing out on some serious fun. I also believe in fishing primarily local waters, relying on your own skills and experience, and spending as little on tackle and equipment as necessary (I don't make a lot of money and I have lots of other hobbies - see below).

I am a field biologist and environmental consultant by trade. My specialties are botany, entomology, wetlands, stream ecology, threatened and endangered species, herpetology, fisheries, and habitat mapping and evaluation. Other hobby interests include amateur astronomy, forest ecology, kayaking, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, aquarium keeping, geology, snorkeling, shooting, and military history. I have a strong conservation ethic and I am a compulsive recycler. I am a lover of all animals and I currently have one calico cat. I am a vegetarian cook. And I am a bachelor by choice!
Forum SignatureNo matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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Latest Posts By Jmd123

TitleRepliesLast Reply
Re: Thanksgiving
In General Discussion by Michimike
4Nov 28, 2022
by Jmd123
Last days in Troy & last days of fly rodding...moving to Canton, MI for a job!
(13 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
2Nov 11, 2022
by Martinlf
Re: Taking a new flyfisher out for the first time.
In Fishing Reports by Michimike
3Nov 11, 2022
by Martinlf
Re: Trout dry flies don't float well
In Gear Talk by Helenjmoore
3Oct 29, 2022
by Jmd123
Re: Proper handling of trout for photography.
In the Photography Board by AndyV
9Oct 21, 2022
by Jmd123
Re: South Holsten
In Fishing Reports by Martinlf
3Oct 4, 2022
by Martinlf
Re: Do trout eat Striders?
In General Discussion by Red_green_h
8Oct 3, 2022
by Jmd123
Re: Correct hatch time of year Hydropsyche slossonae?
In the Caddisfly Species Hydropsyche slossonae by AndyV
10Sep 4, 2022
by AndyV
Re: Carpin'
In Fishing Reports by Martinlf
9Sep 4, 2022
by Brian314
Re: Small bugs plus small fish on a 3 wt = fun!
In Fishing Reports by Michimike
2Aug 14, 2022
by Martinlf
Re: Green midge larvae?
In General Discussion by Simon77777
1Jul 29, 2022
by Jmd123
Re: A summers day small stream fishing
In Fishing Reports by Michimike
4Jul 28, 2022
by Martinlf
Re: NOT trout, (mostly*) NOT fly fishing...but still a blast with The Boys Back in Town (Chapter??)
(7 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
8Jul 19, 2022
by Adirman
Re: A few warm water species from a pond behind the house.
In Fishing Reports by Michimike
1Jun 19, 2022
by Jmd123
Not much biting...but here's a pretty one!
In the Photography Board by Jmd123
1Jun 18, 2022
by Michimike
Jonathon is looking for a new job & here's an example
In General Discussion by Jmd123
3Jun 18, 2022
by Adirman
Re: Ramapo River, NJ
In Fishing Reports by Adirman
5Jun 18, 2022
by Adirman
Re: Surgeries...
In the Photography Board by Jmd123
5Jun 8, 2022
by Martinlf
Re: Fishing with My Nephew: Eighth Annual Trip
In Fishing Reports by Martinlf
1May 31, 2022
by Jmd123
Re: Fish Report : Holy Waters
In Fishing Reports by Brian314
4May 31, 2022
by Brian314
Re: Hendricksons
In Fishing Reports by Partsman
12May 31, 2022
by Jmd123
Re: Where are the fishing stories? Rough weather conditions?
In General Discussion by Jmd123
7May 23, 2022
by Wbranch
Re: Sheets Red Quill
In General Discussion by Brian314
13May 21, 2022
by Willy
Re: SOMETHING'S biting, finally!
In the Photography Board by Jmd123
5May 11, 2022
by Partsman
Re: Current Conditions
In General Discussion by Falsifly
5Apr 9, 2022
by Martinlf
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Re: Thanksgiving
In General Discussion by Michimike (Jmd123 replied)