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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.

Female Ephemerellidae (Hendricksons, Sulphurs, PMDs, BWOs) Mayfly Spinner Pictures

I'm not sure of the species of this female spinner, and unfortunately I never found the associated males or duns to aid in identification. The egg-laying flight and fall of fairly large clouds of these females caused good rises of choosy trout for a week or so around early July on a large, cold spring creek in the northwoods. There is a distinctive stripe down the female's back, identical to that on this specimen collected a month later.

This mayfly was collected from the Bois Brule River in Wisconsin on July 1st, 2005 and added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on April 22nd, 2006.

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