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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.

Dorsal view of a Kogotus (Perlodidae) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
This one pretty clearly keys to Kogotus, but it also looks fairly different from specimens I caught in the same creek about a month later in the year. With only one species of the genus known in Washington, I'm not sure about the answer to this ID.
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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Troutnut.com User Jwatersphd (jim waters)

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fishing now for about 55 years. neuropsychologist. especially interested in the behavior of the nymphs to improve my presentation. have recently gotten into czech and polish nymphing for which i purchased an 11' sage 6 wgt z axis and am getting a big kick out of it. i am very curious as to how you get your underwater photos; i was thinking about working out some sort of reverse periscope. jhw
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