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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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Trout, Salmon, and Grayling

Trout, Salmon, and Grayling

Salmonids large and small rank among nature's most pleasing sights. These are my best pictures of trout and their relatives: salmon, grayling, and whitefish.

This big old brown trout took a dry fly and fought like he looks like he would.
This bruiser was perhaps the largest cutthroat I've ever caught to date, at 21.5" with a 12.5" girth.
This Golden Trout was probably the most vivid fish I've ever caught.
A really pretty Goldbow (Golden Trout x Rainbow Trout hybrid)
Golden-Yellowstone Cutt Hybrid
Characteristically beautiful wild-born Golden Trout from an unnamed tarn high in the Rocky Mountains.
This nice-sized Yellowstone cutthroat took a tight-lined nymph in fast water.
This was my personal best Westslope Cutthroat to date, 18 inches and shaped like a football. The fight was great fun, standing on a boulder over deep water with no waders as the fish tore around in the fast water.
Coastal cutthroat
Pretty pastel colors on the side of this little Bonneville Cutthroat that still has its parr marks.
My longest brook trout yet, 16 1/8".
Beautiful almost 19" brown.
Chunky male brook trout and the best fish of the day
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