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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 Skwala (Perlodidae) (Large Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This Skwala nymph still has a couple months left to go before hatching, but it's still a good representative of its species, which was extremely abundant in my sample for a stonefly of this size. It's obvious why the Yakima is known for its Skwala hatch.
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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Canoe float down the Brule with my mom

Canoe float down the Brule with my mom

By Troutnut on June 8th, 2005
This was a great trip down the classic trout water of the Brule, fishing and collecting bugs along the way. In one of the lakes, we got to watch the cutest little bear cub brutally maul the cutest little whitetail fawn—a salient reminder that nature doesn't particularly care about cuteness.

Photos by Troutnut from the Bois Brule River and in Wisconsin and

Here I'm looking through the sampling net for interesting nymphs, some of which ended up on this site.

From the Bois Brule River in Wisconsin
Cedar sweepers line the fertile spring creek headwaters of a famous trout stream.

From the Bois Brule River in Wisconsin
Here I'm tying on a fly in the middle of a warm summer day.  Despite the conditions, the trout responded well.

From the Bois Brule River in Wisconsin
Gnarled cedars twist out over a nice trout stream.

From the Bois Brule River in Wisconsin
This tail end of a large glassy flat holds many nice rising trout most summer evenings, and it's extremely demanding of both stealth and fine casting.

From the Bois Brule River in Wisconsin
The Bois Brule River in Wisconsin
Lone tree on a rock in the middle of Big Lake. Fittingly, Big Lake is the largest of several short wide spots in the upper Brule River.

From the Bois Brule River in Wisconsin
A Canada goose and gosling poke their heads out of the grass along a trout stream.
A canada goose looks over some large, downy goslings.

Closeup insects by Troutnut from the Bois Brule River in Wisconsin

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