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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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I am now retired, having spent 36 years in the Research Area of Bell Telephone Laboratories. My own technical work and immersion among many excellent scientists has given me a good background in a wide variety of fields including acoustics, optics, and computer graphics. For the past 25 years I have taught fly tying at my local TU Chapter, Central Jersey Trout Unlimited. In my classes I always try to provide a deep understanding of not only the mechanics of the tying of a fly but also of the effective fishing techniques for it. I am hoping that my participation in this Forum will help me continue these practices in my classes and also bring some insights to other Forum members.

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