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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: How long do flies last?
In General Discussion by Adirman
34Apr 25, 2018
by Martinlf
Re: Lake Invertebrate ID help
In the Identify This! Board by ADKbrookie
5Apr 23, 2018
by Millcreek
Re: Little Black Caddis
In the Identify This! Board by Adirman
5Apr 22, 2018
by Adirman
Re: Gear restricted streams.
In General Discussion by Partsman
17Apr 20, 2018
by Iasgair
Re: Little Black Stonefly pics
In the Stonefly Species Allocapnia granulata by Adirman
12Apr 16, 2018
by Martinlf
Re: Spence - where art thou?
In General Discussion by Wbranch
20Apr 16, 2018
by Martinlf
Re: WTT Cabelas Prestige Outfit
In Gear Talk by Springer
15Apr 9, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: First custom build rod
In Gear Talk by Bish0p
12Apr 4, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: Trump's trying to attack fish & wildlife research
In Site Updates by Troutnut
44Apr 3, 2018
by Martinlf
Re: Happy Easter
In General Discussion by Strmanglr
7Apr 3, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: Trump administration attacks on trout streams
In Site Updates by Troutnut
40Mar 30, 2018
by Martinlf
Re: Early season strategy
In General Discussion by Adirman
11Mar 29, 2018
by Martinlf
Re: Midge Emergences
In General Discussion by PaulRoberts
5Mar 29, 2018
by PaulRoberts
Re: The Last Gasp of Winter
In Fishing Reports by Summer_doug
6Mar 26, 2018
by Partsman
Re: Help!!! Which pack
In Gear Talk by Flyfish1113
4Mar 19, 2018
by Martinlf
Re: Chilly Day in Pennsylvania
In Fishing Reports by Martinlf
4Mar 14, 2018
by Adirman
Re: Help with a fair price for fly tying gear & feathers
In the Photography Board by Poproque
5Mar 5, 2018
by Wbranch
Re: Realism or Impressionism?
In Fly Tying by Summer_doug
20Feb 15, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: Grasshoppers--Pheasa nt or Plastic?
In General Discussion by CaseyP
6Feb 6, 2018
by Strmanglr
Re: Christmas nymphs and larvae
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In the Photography Board by Millcreek
1Jan 2, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: Merry Christmas to all and to all a wonderful 2018
In General Discussion by Wbranch
3Jan 2, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: closing the gender gap in flyfishing Featured Topic
In General Discussion by Konchu
5Dec 12, 2017
by Smallflyguy
Re: To Handle Or Not To Handle When Releasing A Trout
In General Discussion by Hellgramite
23Dec 11, 2017
by Jmd123
Re: Aeshna naiad
In the Identify This! Board by Millcreek
1Nov 28, 2017
by Jmd123
Re: Great streamer action
In Fishing Reports by Wbranch
12Nov 28, 2017
by Wbranch
Most Recent Posts
Re: How long do flies last?
In General Discussion by Adirman (Martinlf replied)
Re: Little Black Caddis
In the Identify This! Board by Adirman
Re: Lake Invertebrate ID help
In the Identify This! Board by ADKbrookie (Millcreek replied)
Re: Little Black Stonefly pics
In the Stonefly Species Allocapnia granulata by Adirman (Martinlf replied)
Re: Gear restricted streams.
In General Discussion by Partsman (Iasgair replied)
Re: Long-time reader, never-time poster? Start here!
In General Discussion by Troutnut (Martinlf replied)
Re: Spence - where art thou?
In General Discussion by Wbranch (Martinlf replied)
Re: Fishing Rod Suggestions
In Gear Talk by Princemoga (Wbranch replied)
Re: Stonefly ID help
In the Identify This! Board by Redfisher85
Re: Anyone know anything about this reel? No badging on it
In Gear Talk by Larry4duke (Partsman replied)