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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: Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a happy New year.
In General Discussion by Partsman
2Dec 24, 2021
by Martinlf
Re: Lamprey Fly Patterns
In General Discussion by GWT
2Dec 7, 2021
by Partsman
Re: Stream ecology: 50 years ago this was just an OPEN DITCH
In the Photography Board by Jmd123
2Nov 25, 2021
by Jmd123
Re: Happy Thanksgiving!
In General Discussion by Partsman
2Nov 24, 2021
by Jmd123
Re: Website error message??
In Beginner Help by Soosam
7Nov 11, 2021
by Soosam
Happy Veterans Day to all fellow Troutnuts who served!
In the Photography Board by Jmd123
2Nov 11, 2021
by Martinlf
"Comfort fishing"...a.k.a. the hometown lake
In the Photography Board by Jmd123
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A crisp October day with fall colors & something a bit more substantial
(1 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
1Oct 23, 2021
by Martinlf
Re: Pteronarcys dorsata
In Pteronarcys dorsata Stonefly Nymph by Wiflyfisher
2Oct 21, 2021
by Troutnut
Re: Found some fishies to throw flies at, & get my 5-wt bent good too!
(1 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
5Oct 21, 2021
by Martinlf
Re: Jonathon's moving again...
In General Discussion by Jmd123
4Sep 30, 2021
by Martinlf
Re: The Blackfoot River and the North Fork of the Blackfoot
(1 more)

In Fishing Reports by Martinlf
6Jul 29, 2021
by Wbranch
Re: Montana: Rock Creek and the Ruby River
In Fishing Reports by Martinlf
3Jul 29, 2021
by Martinlf
Re: Mayfly ID
In the Identify This! Board by JSY
13Jul 22, 2021
by Jmd123
Re: Missouri River
In Fishing Reports by Wbranch
12Jul 21, 2021
by Wbranch
Re: Sad news from February about Creno (Dave Ruiter)
In General Discussion by Troutnut
3Jul 6, 2021
by Jmd123
Re: A smorgasbord for our finned friends.
In Fishing Reports by Partsman
2Jun 24, 2021
by Jmd123
East meets West Part 2
(8 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
1Jun 22, 2021
by Partsman
East meets West..."Two boatrides, a trip to the Moon, an Iridium flare, and a free jar full!"
(15 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
1Jun 22, 2021
by Martinlf
Re: Montana Bound
In General Discussion by Wbranch
5Jun 15, 2021
by Martinlf
Re: Need hatch info for southern Indiana - is this even available?
In the Identify This! Board by Jmd123
7Jun 14, 2021
by Taxon
Re: How did you start fly fishing?
In General Discussion by Summer_doug
10Jun 11, 2021
by Adirman
Indiana stream survey, Phase II
(8 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
1Jun 2, 2021
by Partsman
Re: Low water trouting
In Fishing Reports by Partsman
5Jun 2, 2021
by Partsman
Test to see if this works!
In the Photography Board by Jmd123
1Jun 1, 2021
by Roguerat
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Re: fly fishing hooks
In Gear Talk by Bazzbozz (Afishinado replied)
What size fish
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