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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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Troutnut on Jan 12, 2021January 12th, 2021, 2:26 pm EST
This looks to me like an oblique view of a spent mayfly spinner with its wings stuck to the water, possibly Callibaetis as there seems to be a bit of a dark mottling near the front of the wings, but it's hard to be sure in this picture. Callibaetis would certainly make sense for high lakes.
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