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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: gray drake patterns
In Female Siphlonurus quebecensis Mayfly Dun by Gutcutter
6Feb 19, 2017
by Jmd123
Re: Link: What I wish I knew about fly fishing when I started
In Site Updates by Troutnut
10Feb 14, 2017
by Wiflyfisher
Re: Argia and Enallagma nymphs
In the Identify This! Board by Millcreek
4Feb 7, 2017
by Jmd123
Re: Sinking Tip
In Gear Talk by Mcflyangler
5Jan 29, 2017
by Jmd123
Re: Trump administration attacks on trout streams
In Site Updates by Troutnut
12Jan 27, 2017
by Jmd123
Re: Sage Rod ID
In the Photography Board by Jebatty
2Jan 26, 2017
by Jmd123
Re: Sage Rod ID
In Beginner Help by Jebatty
12Jan 26, 2017
by Wbranch
Re: Trip to the San Juan (part 1)
In General Discussion by Mcflyangler
22Jan 26, 2017
by Mcflyangler
Re: Long-time reader, never-time poster? Start here!
In General Discussion by Troutnut
317Jan 24, 2017
by Slocum
Re: Learning about Arkansas R entomology - risks?
In General Discussion by ARangler
8Jan 23, 2017
by PaulRoberts
Re: Original paterns
In Fly Tying by Leakyboots
6Jan 15, 2017
by Jmd123
Re: Western Pa
In Beginner Help by Flyfishen24
12Jan 9, 2017
by Oldredbarn
Re: New to forum
In Beginner Help by Wls
5Jan 5, 2017
by Jmd123
Re: Bigger Fly for bigger trout?
In General Discussion by WI_Fisher
24Jan 3, 2017
by LBrain
Re: Steelhead coloration
In General Discussion by Roguerat
13Jan 3, 2017
by Wbranch
Re: Isonychia velma dun emerging
(5 more)

In the Photography Board by Millcreek
7Jan 2, 2017
by Jmd123
What was your best fly fishing trip/experience/adve nture in 2016?
In General Discussion by Jmd123
7Dec 22, 2016
by Martinlf
Re: Mouse
In Beginner Help by Flyfishen24
2Dec 21, 2016
by RleeP
Re: Feather Colors
In General Discussion by Flytyerinpa
7Dec 21, 2016
by Jmd123
Re: Pale Watery Dun
In Fly Tying by Flytyerinpa
13Dec 19, 2016
by Wbranch
Re: Happy Holidays and all the best in the New Year!
(15 more)

In the Photography Board by Oldredbarn
13Dec 15, 2016
by Martinlf
Re: Streamer video
In Fishing Reports by Wbranch
13Dec 8, 2016
by Jmd123
Re: Isoperla pinta
In the Identify This! Board by Millcreek
4Nov 28, 2016
by PaulRoberts
Re: Lampreys!! Eeeew...but fascinating, and (almost) cute
(5 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
5Nov 19, 2016
by PaulRoberts
Re: Streamer trout
(11 more)

In the Photography Board by Wbranch
7Nov 12, 2016
by Wbranch
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Re: gray drake patterns
In Female Siphlonurus quebecensis Mayfly Dun by Gutcutter (Jmd123 replied)
Re: Identify flies/hook size
In General Discussion by Sadie01 (Wbranch replied)
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In Gear Talk by Leakyboots (PaulRoberts replied)
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In Fly Tying by Mcflyangler
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In Gear Talk by Roguerat
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Re: Vise
In Fly Tying by Flytyerinpa (RleeP replied)
Re: Bigger Fly for bigger trout?
In General Discussion by WI_Fisher (LBrain replied)