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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

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Re: When the hatch don't match
In General Discussion by Red_green_h
7Jul 2, 2020
by Jmd123
Re: MIDGES: who's got a good pattern that works consistently?
In General Discussion by Jmd123
2Jul 1, 2020
by Jmd123
The Boys Were Back in Town Chapter 5, part 2 of "Town and Country"
(15 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
1Jun 30, 2020
by Partsman
The Boys Were Back in Town, Chapter 5: "Town and Country"
(15 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
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Re: a evening hatch results
In Fishing Reports by Partsman
2Jun 20, 2020
by Partsman
Re: collected from Bitterroot yesterday Drake
In the Identify This! Board by Leskorcala
4Jun 17, 2020
by Leskorcala
Re: West branch Octoraro creek Pa.
In General Discussion by Hunter1
7Jun 16, 2020
by Hunter1
Re: Manistee April 31st 2020
In the Photography Board by Oldredbarn
3Jun 14, 2020
by Martinlf
Re: South Branch Ausable River.
In Fishing Reports by Partsman
4Jun 12, 2020
by Jmd123
Re: Anyone care to ID this mayfly
In the Identify This! Board by Pdcox
5Jun 11, 2020
by Troutnut
Re: Upper Manistee river
In Fishing Reports by Partsman
4Jun 5, 2020
by Brian314
Re: Anual San Pedro Parks Wilderness backpacking trip
(5 more)

In Fishing Reports by Red_green_h
4May 28, 2020
by Martinlf
Re: Happy Memorial Day to my fellow Troutnuts with wildflowers from my front yard
(1 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
4May 26, 2020
by Martinlf
Clark's Marsh, flooded
(2 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
2May 20, 2020
by Martinlf
Re: One of my hydropower dam projects just blew out!
In General Discussion by Jmd123
3May 19, 2020
by Jmd123
Re: A death in the family...RIP Leo the Lionheart
In the Photography Board by Jmd123
10May 19, 2020
by Troutnut
Re: My fly tying buddy
In the Photography Board by Wbranch
2May 19, 2020
by Martinlf
Re: Metro Detroit Trout
In Fishing Reports by Summer_doug
5May 13, 2020
by Brian314
Re: FREEDOM!
In General Discussion by Roguerat
1May 13, 2020
by Jmd123
This is just WRONG
In the Photography Board by Jmd123
1May 10, 2020
by Wbranch
Re: Rod and reel suggestion?
In Gear Talk by 87North
6May 10, 2020
by Red_green_h
Re: Friday evening at the Millpond in Harrisville (1st brown of the year!)
In the Photography Board by Jmd123
2May 5, 2020
by Jmd123
Into the canyon...opening day trout (Wait, I NEVER do this!!!)
In the Photography Board by Jmd123
2Apr 29, 2020
by Martinlf
Re: Fishing smaller flies
In General Discussion by Scudmissle
6Apr 20, 2020
by Red_green_h
Re: Fly Fishing Reel
In General Discussion by Nate12
3Apr 13, 2020
by Wbranch
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In General Discussion by Red_green_h (Jmd123 replied)
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Re: MIDGES: who's got a good pattern that works consistently?
In General Discussion by Jmd123
Re: The Boys Were Back in Town Chapter 5, part 2 of "Town and Country"
In the Photography Board by Jmd123 (Partsman replied)
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In the Photography Board by Jmd123
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