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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: Casting Help
In Beginner Help by RascalWinW
13Jul 15, 2018
by Iasgair
Re: What did you do on the Fourth of July? I went fishing...for a little while...
In the Photography Board by Jmd123
9Jul 13, 2018
by Wbranch
Re: Evening exploring small streams
In Site Updates by Troutnut
5Jul 11, 2018
by Wbranch
Re: A big day on small streams
In Site Updates by Troutnut
3Jul 10, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: Pretty weather at a high lake
In Site Updates by Troutnut
5Jul 4, 2018
by Troutnut
Re: Small-stream fun on the east slope of the Cascades
In Site Updates by Troutnut
3Jul 4, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: A day of classic trout fishing
In Fishing Reports by Adirman
4Jun 28, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: Fluorocarbon vs. Nylon
In Gear Talk by Wbranch
23Jun 27, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: Some serious trout fishing - no flowers, just fish
In the Photography Board by Jmd123
5Jun 27, 2018
by Partsman
Re: hooksets and barbless hooks...
In General Discussion by Roguerat
23Jun 23, 2018
by Iasgair
Re: The fabled hex hatch...
In General Discussion by Summer_doug
11Jun 23, 2018
by Willy
Re: First kayak fishing of the year - but again, the flowers outdid the fish
(6 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
3Jun 22, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: Rod failure?
In Gear Talk by Adirman
19Jun 21, 2018
by Adirman
Re: South Branch of Au Sable
In Fishing Reports by Summer_doug
4Jun 19, 2018
by TimCat
Re: Susquehanna smallmouth -WARNING - Non fly fishing gear pics!
(4 more)

In Fishing Reports by Wbranch
4Jun 17, 2018
by Adirman
Re: Finally went trout fishing, but the flora was more impressive than the fish
(5 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
14Jun 15, 2018
by Summer_doug
Re: Biggest bluegills I've seen since I left Texas (subtitled: FINALLY wet a fly line!)
(5 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
6Jun 10, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: Leaders- super long, slack, George Harvey style etc.
In Gear Talk by Roguerat
7Jun 6, 2018
by Martinlf
Re: Rock Bridge, Mo - Trout Fishing Highlights
In Fishing Reports by CKLifeBelow
6Jun 5, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: Bug Sprays and DEET alternatives?
In General Discussion by TimCat
14Jun 1, 2018
by Partsman
Re: First Brookies of the Year on the Maple River
In Fishing Reports by TimCat
11May 29, 2018
by TimCat
Re: Boots
In Gear Talk by Brianbf
1May 27, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: Early morning fishing, behavioral drift?
In General Discussion by Roguerat
11May 26, 2018
by Roguerat
Re: Sinking line
In Beginner Help by Flyfishen24
14May 18, 2018
by Adirman
Re: Caddis Wading Shoes
In Gear Talk by Wbranch
2May 4, 2018
by Iasgair
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Re: What did you do on the Fourth of July? I went fishing...for a little while...
In the Photography Board by Jmd123 (Wbranch replied)
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Re: Evening exploring small streams
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Re: A big day on small streams
In Site Updates by Troutnut (Jmd123 replied)
Evening on the South Fork Snoqualmie
In Site Updates by Troutnut