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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: 4 broken rods in one month
In Gear Talk by S037474
8Sep 20, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: Ridiculously tiny midges on high lakes
In General Discussion by Troutnut
7Sep 4, 2018
by DocWet
Re: Drift boat vs Raft preferences
In General Discussion by Flyguide1
6Sep 3, 2018
by CaseyP
Re: Never say never
In General Discussion by Wbranch
7Sep 3, 2018
by Martinlf
Re: Sink-tip , sinking line or floating line w shot for Salmon?
In General Discussion by Adirman
15Aug 31, 2018
by Wbranch
Re: Streamer Fishing
In General Discussion by Flyguide1
5Aug 10, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: Hitting the Tribs
In General Discussion by Adirman
3Aug 9, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: Trump says what he thinks of rivers
In General Discussion by Troutnut
8Aug 7, 2018
by Martinlf
Re: Fly Tying Vise
In Gear Talk by William99
22Aug 2, 2018
by Wbranch
Re: Classical Music...
In General Discussion by Roguerat
11Aug 2, 2018
by RleeP
Re: Chasing an unusual trout on the Olympic Peninsula
In Site Updates by Troutnut
6Aug 2, 2018
by Troutnut
Re: trout-weight spey rods?
In Gear Talk by Roguerat
21Aug 2, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: Looks like I will be relocating soon
In the Photography Board by Jmd123
9Aug 1, 2018
by DocWet
Re: Double Header
(2 more)

In the Photography Board by Wbranch
3Jul 27, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: Hello! From Tampa
In General Discussion by BobbyHead
5Jul 25, 2018
by BobbyHead
Re: Montana 2018
(14 more)

In Fishing Reports by Wbranch
19Jul 25, 2018
by Wbranch
Re: A quiet night on the Rifle, but I conjured up a nice one anyway
(4 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
5Jul 23, 2018
by Adirman
Re: Middle Fork Snoqualmie after work
In Site Updates by Troutnut
3Jul 18, 2018
by Paulhokenes
A dual mission tonight - plant collecting AND trout fishing!
(2 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
2Jul 18, 2018
by PeterCO
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
Most Recent Posts
Re: fly line recomended
In Gear Talk by Lltdeer (Wbranch replied)
Re: 4 broken rods in one month
In Gear Talk by S037474 (Jmd123 replied)
Re: Sink-tip , sinking line or floating line w shot for Salmon?
In General Discussion by Adirman (Wbranch replied)
Re: What Type of Bug is This
In the Identify This! Board by WingNut13 (Konchu replied)
Re: Drift boat vs Raft preferences
In General Discussion by Flyguide1 (CaseyP replied)
Re: Fly Tying Vise
In Gear Talk by William99 (Wbranch replied)
Re: Can I put an 8wt reel on a 5wt rod?
In Gear Talk by Ogilvy (Martinlf replied)
Re: Ridiculously tiny midges on high lakes
In General Discussion by Troutnut (DocWet replied)
Re: Trump says what he thinks of rivers
In General Discussion by Troutnut (Martinlf replied)
Re: Never say never
In General Discussion by Wbranch (Martinlf replied)