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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: Christmas nymphs and larvae
(6 more)

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
2Dec 12, 2017
by Jmd123
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
Re: Favorite fly to tie
In Fly Tying by David82nd
9Nov 21, 2017
by Jmd123
Re: Brechmorhoga naiad
In the Identify This! Board by Millcreek
5Nov 21, 2017
by Creno
Re: Newbie Help with wading boot purchase (Felt or Rubber)
In Gear Talk by Natchomamma
5Oct 25, 2017
by Wbranch
Re: Ohrid Trout information
In General Discussion by ColoradoKen
4Oct 24, 2017
by Iasgair
Re: One last brookie...and a question about "breathable" waders
In the Photography Board by Jmd123
8Oct 16, 2017
by Partsman
Re: Big Pine Tree
In the Photography Board by Wbranch
2Sep 21, 2017
by Jmd123
The boys were back in town, part 3 - Clark's Marsh
(12 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
1Sep 18, 2017
by Partsman
The boys were back in town, part 3 - a double paddling adventure
(15 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
2Sep 18, 2017
by Martinlf
Re: Susquehanna River
(1 more)

In Fishing Reports by Wbranch
2Sep 14, 2017
by Partsman
Re: Chasing Golden Trout high in the Cascades
In Site Updates by Troutnut
3Sep 7, 2017
by Partsman
Re: A surprise partial skunking on a little mountain stream
In Site Updates by Troutnut
7Aug 1, 2017
by Troutnut
Re: Site updates from July 20, 2017
In Site Updates by Troutnut
5Jul 31, 2017
by Creno
Re: Did I get mislead on first fly rod?
In Gear Talk by Corbin
9Jul 31, 2017
by Jmd123
Re: In search of Westslope Cutthroat Trout
In Site Updates by Troutnut
11Jul 31, 2017
by Jmd123
Re: WB Delaware
In Fishing Reports by Wbranch
5Jul 31, 2017
by Wbranch
Re: This was hard to walk past
In Site Updates by Troutnut
2Jul 26, 2017
by Partsman
Re: Smallmouth!! And, a new personal record
In the Photography Board by Jmd123
5Jul 23, 2017
by Jmd123
Re: Fishing Kupa River, Slovenia Featured Topic
In Fishing Reports by Slocum
6Jul 6, 2017
by Slocum
Re: Fishing with My Nephew: Fourth Annual Trip
(1 more)

In Fishing Reports by Martinlf
8Jul 5, 2017
by Martinlf
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Re: Christmas nymphs and larvae
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