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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.

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Dinking around catching bugs in obscure Idaho waters

Dinking around catching bugs in obscure Idaho waters

By Troutnut on August 4th, 2020
Continuing my exploration of some remote parts of central Idaho, I hiked into a little alpine lake called Green Lake above the Copper Basin and caught a 5-inch rainbow. There seems to be a naturally reproducing population of tiny rainbows there (I saw fry), but I saw no sign of big ones. Back at the trailhead, I collected some interesting bugs at the lake outlet.

Then I drove north quite a ways, touring some very remote roads. I collected some bugs from tiny creeks along the way, without stopping to fish.

Photos by Troutnut from Green Lake Outlet, Green Lake, and Squaw Creek in Idaho

Closeup insects by Troutnut from Green Lake Outlet and Trealtor Creek in Idaho

Baetis bicaudatus Mayfly Nymph
Ameletus Mayfly Nymph
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