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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 Kogotus (Perlodidae) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
This one pretty clearly keys to Kogotus, but it also looks fairly different from specimens I caught in the same creek about a month later in the year. With only one species of the genus known in Washington, I'm not sure about the answer to this ID.
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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Updates from June 28, 2007

Updates from June 28, 2007

Photos by Troutnut from the Chatanika River in Alaska

The Chatanika River in Alaska
Here's the first of many new pictures of Alaska that I'll be putting online as soon as I get the chance. It's a panorama of my dad standing and looking across the valley of the river where we both caught our first arctic grayling an hour or so later.

You've got to see it full-size to appreciate it.

From the Chatanika River in Alaska
My dad went to great lengths to place a good cast above this high spruce sweeper into a little back slough where he saw a grayling rise.  The cast was good, he assures me, but the grayling did not take.

From the Chatanika River in Alaska
Here's a little bigger arctic grayling from my first day fishing for them.
My dad's first arctic grayling.

From the Chatanika River in Alaska
The Chatanika River in Alaska
The Chatanika River in Alaska
Another entry into my "dad dropping a fish" series.  Here he's dropping his first arctic grayling back in the drink.  It was still on the hook, so we got a better picture shortly.

From the Chatanika River in Alaska
Here's my first arctic grayling, about 8 inches long.  I was just thrilled to have caught my first grayling; I had no idea I would go on to catch 25 more (mostly larger), and that the next day would make this one look slow!

From the Chatanika River in Alaska
My dad walks back to the car after a few hours catching grayling.

From the Chatanika River in Alaska

Closeup insects by Bnewell from the Jocko River and Dog Lake in Montana

Female Drunella grandis (Ephemerellidae) (Western Green Drake) Mayfly Dun from the Jocko River in Montana
Leptophlebia cupida (Leptophlebiidae) (Black Quill) Mayfly Nymph from Dog Lake in Montana

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