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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: 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
Wet a fly line (3-weight) today!
In General Discussion by Jmd123
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Re: PA Trout Season
In General Discussion by Wbranch
5Apr 9, 2020
by 87North
Re: Selecting a reel
In Beginner Help by AllanM83
33Apr 4, 2020
by Wbranch
Re: Shelter in Place
In General Discussion by Wbranch
5Apr 3, 2020
by Wbranch
Re: The Coppler Creek canyon - some nice pics from last fall to help you survive the Apocalypse
(15 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
4Apr 3, 2020
by Wbranch
Re: My wild & crazy Flordia trip part 3: hotel room and other fun stuff
(10 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
3Apr 2, 2020
by Jmd123
Re: I hope all of you doing well!
In General Discussion by Partsman
4Apr 2, 2020
by Jmd123
Re: Personal Best Largemouth
In the Photography Board by Summer_doug
7Mar 17, 2020
by Summer_doug
Re: My wild and crazy trip to Florida & back while the world went crazy in my "absence"
(15 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
2Mar 17, 2020
by Jmd123
My wild and crazy trip to Florida & back, part 2: fly fishing & bottom bouncing
(15 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
1Mar 16, 2020
by Martinlf
Re: FINALLY heading to Florida!
(5 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
8Mar 15, 2020
by Jmd123
Most Recent Posts
Re: Wading Staff suggestions?
In General Discussion by NMiAngler (Rbdjr replied)
Re: Upper Manistee river
In Fishing Reports by Partsman
Re: A death in the family...RIP Leo the Lionheart
In the Photography Board by Jmd123 (Troutnut replied)
Re: Anual San Pedro Parks Wilderness backpacking trip
In Fishing Reports by Red_green_h (Martinlf replied)
Re: Happy Memorial Day to my fellow Troutnuts with wildflowers from my front yard
In the Photography Board by Jmd123 (Martinlf replied)
Re: Clark's Marsh, flooded
In the Photography Board by Jmd123 (Martinlf replied)
Re: One of my hydropower dam projects just blew out!
In General Discussion by Jmd123
Re: My fly tying buddy
In the Photography Board by Wbranch (Martinlf replied)
Re: Metro Detroit Trout
In Fishing Reports by Summer_doug (Brian314 replied)
Re: Caddis query
In Fly Tying by Roguerat (Wbranch replied)