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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.

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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Mayfly Species Paraleptophlebia helena (Mahogany Duns)

This large species of Paraleptophlebia is one of the tusked group. Records indicate it is endemic to California where it fills the niche taken by Paraleptophlebia bicornuta in neighboring states. It usually hatches with the more common and very similar looking duns of Paraleptophlebia debilis.

Where & when

Time of year : Fall

This species is locally important in California only.
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Mayfly Species Paraleptophlebia helena (Mahogany Duns)

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