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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 Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
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 11, 2021

Updates from June 11, 2021

Closeup insects by Troutnut from the Teal River in Wisconsin

Artistic view of a Ironoquia lyrata (Limnephilidae) (Eastern Box Wing Sedge) Caddisfly Adult from the Teal River in Wisconsin
The setae on the wings make it a big tricky to identify this caddisfly from the "splayed wings" view because they obscure the venation, but several of the side views provide a good look at the important forewing veins. It keys pretty confidently to Ironoquia. Based on species ranges and a photo on BugGuide seemingly of this species and some alternatives, it seems Ironoquia lyrata is by far the most likely option.

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