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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: Rio Puerco, Northern New Mexico
In Fishing Reports by Red_green_h
3Dec 3, 2019
by Jmd123
Re: Thankful
In General Discussion by Martinlf
4Nov 27, 2019
by Strmanglr
Re: Stonefly?
In the Identify This! Board by Pdcox
8Nov 20, 2019
by Taxon
Re: Cold weather fly fishing
In Beginner Help by Red_green_h
22Oct 14, 2019
by Red_green_h
My (new) place and its environs
(15 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
2Oct 10, 2019
by Martinlf
Re: Fly fishing etiquette
In General Discussion by Red_green_h
6Sep 16, 2019
by Jmd123
Re: This appears to be Dixa sp.
In Dixa True Fly Larva by Creno
1Aug 8, 2019
by Jmd123
Re: The boys were back in town, Chapter 4 part II
(6 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
2Aug 8, 2019
by Jmd123
Re: The boys were back in town, Chapter 4: new digs, new waters, new fish!
(15 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
8Aug 8, 2019
by Jmd123
Strange brew(s)...subtitled, the wreckage the boys left behind
(7 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
1Aug 2, 2019
by Partsman
Re: Google Earth
In General Discussion by FisherOfMen
17Aug 1, 2019
by Roguerat
Re: Fishing with My Nephew: Sixth Annual Trip
(3 more)

In Fishing Reports by Martinlf
4Jul 31, 2019
by Jmd123
Re: Big Deep Blue Lake
In Beginner Help by Baron
7Jul 17, 2019
by Jmd123
Re: Phantom Crane Fly MI
In General Discussion by Brian314
4Jul 12, 2019
by Brian314
Re: Time for some light-hearted Advice
In Fly Tying by Baron
6Jun 29, 2019
by Baron
Joan Marie DeNike, 1933-2019
In General Discussion by Jmd123
3Jun 22, 2019
by Iasgair
Re: Pursuing Golden Trout with my Wife
In Site Updates by Troutnut
4Jun 19, 2019
by Jmd123
Re: Pictures and specimens from my 2018 Montana trip
In Site Updates by Troutnut
7Jun 18, 2019
by Wbranch
Re: finally got out.
In General Discussion by Partsman
9May 21, 2019
by BonFireBob
Re: Site's back online!!
In General Discussion by Troutnut
2May 9, 2019
by Jmd123
Re: Fly fishing for the first time.
In General Discussion by Mlatimer
5May 9, 2019
by Jmd123
Re: Success with the Rainbows - Bennett Springs Missouri
In Fishing Reports by Gt2003
6May 9, 2019
by Jmd123
Re: To Many Flys
In General Discussion by Flytyerinpa
11Apr 17, 2019
by Jmd123
Re: Early Season NE Stonefly patterns
In Fly Tying by Vtbrowns57
4Apr 2, 2019
by Crepuscular
Re: Bead head or not???
In Beginner Help by Gt2003
4Mar 19, 2019
by Jmd123
Most Recent Posts
Re: Streamer rig set up questions
In Gear Talk by Fliesties22 (Partsman replied)
Re: Stonefly?
In the Identify This! Board by Pdcox (Taxon replied)
Re: Rio Puerco, Northern New Mexico
In Fishing Reports by Red_green_h (Jmd123 replied)
Re: fall bluewinged olive coloration.
In Fly Tying by Partsman
Re: Thankful
In General Discussion by Martinlf (Strmanglr replied)
Re: My (new) place and its environs
In the Photography Board by Jmd123 (Martinlf replied)
Re: Nymphing set up.
In Fly Tying by FC54 (Martinlf replied)
Re: Pretty float down the Yakima Canyon
In Site Updates by Troutnut (Martinlf replied)