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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.

Lateral view of a Male Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This dun emerged from a mature nymph on my desk. Unfortunately its wings didn't perfectly dry out.
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 14, 2010

Updates from June 14, 2010

Closeup insects by Bnewell from Miscellaneous Montana and the Flathead River in Montana

Chironomidae (Midge) True Fly Adult from unknown in Montana
Midges of the family Chironomidae are probably the most widespread aquatic insect in the world.
Perlidae (Golden Stone) Stonefly Nymph from the Flathead River-upper in Montana
This is a nymph that has recently molted thus has not yet acquired its normal coloration.

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