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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: I need help with some reels
In Gear Talk by Jeremyhuske
3Feb 6, 2019
by Jmd123
Re: Surgery
In General Discussion by Wbranch
8Feb 6, 2019
by Wbranch
Re: Early dry patterns
In General Discussion by Partsman
9Feb 4, 2019
by Iasgair
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
Re: What rod to start with
In Beginner Help by Pjs84
3Oct 26, 2018
by Iasgair
Re: Necks
In General Discussion by Flytyerinpa
9Oct 17, 2018
by TNEAL
Re: Haven't had the heart to tell you guys this, but...
In General Discussion by Jmd123
5Oct 10, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: Rod Vault
In Gear Talk by BoulderJR
6Oct 7, 2018
by Iasgair
Re: I GOT THE JOB!! I am Hampton, VA-bound
In General Discussion by Jmd123
10Sep 28, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: Some September pictures, including fish
(15 more)

In the Photography Board by Jmd123
8Sep 23, 2018
by Jmd123
Re: 4 broken rods in one month
In Gear Talk by S037474
10Sep 20, 2018
by JeffreyHoll
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
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In Byers Creek by Willsamuel (Creno replied)
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Re: Surgery
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Re: Fly Box Redesign
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Re: Trout Knives
In Gear Talk by Mr1911 (Jawyellowba replied)
Re: Selecting a reel
In Beginner Help by AllanM83
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In General Discussion by Minnesota (Jawyellowba replied)
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