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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.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
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 Streams, Rivers, and Lakes

Trout Streams, Rivers, and Lakes

Trout get part of their appeal from the beautiful places they live. They are symbols of the wild and pristine.
These are my best photos of the idyllic rivers, streams, and lakes salmonids call home.

The sun peeks through a crack in the afternoon thunderstorms in the high Rockies.
The Little Wood River in Idaho
Mystery Creek # 256 in Idaho
The Firehole River in Wyoming
The Mystery Creek # 294 in Wyoming
The Mystery Creek # 294 in Wyoming
Sunlight Creek in Wyoming
The Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone River in Wyoming
Mystery Creek # 227 in Montana
Golden Trout Creek passing through the forest downstream of the last meadow
Golden Trout Creek, known long ago as Volcano Creek, winds through a series of enticing bends in Big Whitney Meadow.
Golden Trout Creek cascades through a bouldery bottom downstream of Big Whitney Meadow.
Sunlight perfectly strikes the trees at a bend in the Foss River in the Washington Cascades.

From the Foss River in Washington
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