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Lateral view of a Female Hexagenia limbata (Ephemeridae) (Hex) Mayfly Dun from the Namekagon River in Wisconsin
Hex Mayflies
Hexagenia limbata

The famous nocturnal Hex hatch of the Midwest (and a few other lucky locations) stirs to the surface mythically large brown trout that only touch streamers for the rest of the year.

Dorsal view of a Zapada cinctipes (Nemouridae) (Tiny Winter Black) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Nymphs of this species were fairly common in late-winter kick net samples from the upper Yakima River. Although I could not find a key to species of Zapada nymphs, a revision of the Nemouridae family by Baumann (1975) includes the following helpful sentence: "2 cervical gills on each side of midline, 1 arising inside and 1 outside of lateral cervical sclerites, usually single and elongate, sometimes constricted but with 3 or 4 branches arising beyond gill base in Zapada cinctipes." This specimen clearly has the branches and is within the range of that species.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Hunting Trip Reports

Hunting Trip Reports

Chasing Mule Deer in Idaho 2019

Having struck out on mule deer two years in a row in Washington, I tried neighboring Idaho to continue my climb up the mule deer learning curve for 2019.

2015 Brooks Range Caribou Hunt

A packraft hunt in the Arctic at the onset of winter. The caribou action was slow, but there was still plenty of adventure to be had.

Three caribou that approached close to camp in the morning
2014 Caribou Hunt - Dad's account

This is the account by Dave (Troutnut's dad) of the caribou hunt described elsewhere by Jason, with photos.

Three caribou that approached close to camp in the morning
2014 Alaska Range Caribou Hunt with Dad

This year my dad accompanied me on my annual caribou hunt, and we found more adventure than intended.

We both kept journals during the trip. Anyone interested can read the story from Dad's perspective, too.

I shot him with my camera, saving my tag for a real hunt.
2012 Alaska Range Caribou Hunt

I backpacked several miles off the Denali Highway in the heart of the Alaska Range, searching for a bull caribou during the peak of the area's scenic majesty.

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