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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

TitleRepliesLast Reply
Re: To Many Flys
In General Discussion by Flytyerinpa
11Apr 17, 2019
by Jmd123
Re: Early Season NE Stonefly patterns
In Fly Tying by Vtbrowns57
4Apr 2, 2019
by Crepuscular
Re: Bead head or not???
In Beginner Help by Gt2003
4Mar 19, 2019
by Jmd123
Re: Where are they now?
In Gear Talk by Wbranch
6Mar 18, 2019
by Jmd123
Re: Sinking line reccomendation for Stillwater fishing
In Gear Talk by EasyPeasy
12Mar 13, 2019
by Jmd123
Re: How do you guys time your hooksets?
In General Discussion by Partsman
13Mar 12, 2019
by Martinlf
Re: Fly Box Redesign
In General Discussion by Wesjohns8
12Mar 12, 2019
by Jmd123
Re: Some Fly Boxes
(2 more)

In the Photography Board by Wbranch
3Mar 11, 2019
by Wbranch
Re: Is Cortland less popular now?
In Gear Talk by Gt2003
6Mar 7, 2019
by Gt2003
Re: ...Don't Judge...Bennett Springs in April
In Beginner Help by Gt2003
1Mar 7, 2019
by Jmd123
Re: Rod/line weight for bass?
In Gear Talk by Gt2003
8Mar 6, 2019
by Wbranch
Re: Selecting a reel
In Beginner Help by AllanM83
12Feb 21, 2019
by Jmd123
Re: Surgery
In General Discussion by Wbranch
13Feb 21, 2019
by Jmd123
Re: I need help with some reels
In Gear Talk by Jeremyhuske
3Feb 6, 2019
by Jmd123
Re: Early dry patterns
In General Discussion by Partsman
10Feb 4, 2019
by TNEAL
Re: Au Sable Holy Waters Sulphurs
In General Discussion by Brian314
14Jan 26, 2019
by RleeP
Re: What one fly??
In General Discussion by Gunnison
7Jan 26, 2019
by Iasgair
Re: The more you know..
In Simuliidae Black Fly Larva by Phineartz
2Jan 17, 2019
by Jmd123
Re: Montana 2018
(5 more)

In Fishing Reports by Wbranch
3Jan 9, 2019
by Partsman
Re: Steelhead October 2018
In Fishing Reports by Wbranch
15Dec 29, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: "Plan C"?? Subtitled: you can never have too many backups
In General Discussion by Jmd123
8Dec 29, 2018
by Partsman
Re: Ladies and gentlemen, Plan B has been formulated
In General Discussion by Jmd123
5Nov 29, 2018
by Iasgair
Re: Long-time reader, never-time poster? Start here!
In General Discussion by Troutnut
344Nov 27, 2018
by Iasgair
Re: WV Fly Fisherman
In Fishing Reports by Flamey
4Nov 27, 2018
by Flamey
Re: Hungarian Partridge Skins
In Fly Tying by Joerobert
7Nov 3, 2018
by RleeP
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Re: Euro Nymph Rod
In Gear Talk by Wbranch (Partsman replied)
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In Fishing Reports by Martinlf (Partsman replied)
Re: To Many Flys
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Re: Does indicator affect leader size?
In Fly Tying by Gt2003 (Adirman replied)
Re: Spring Steelhead
In Fishing Reports by Wbranch
Re: Luther, MI
In General Discussion by Wiflyfisher
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In Fishing Reports by Martinlf (Summer_doug replied)
Re: Eastern Sierras 2019
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Re: Tiny Mayfly ID help please.
In the Identify This! Board by Quagmireage (Konchu replied)