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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 Neoleptophlebia (Leptophlebiidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Some characteristics from the microscope images for the tentative species id: The postero-lateral projections are found only on segment 9, not segment 8. Based on the key in Jacobus et al. (2014), it appears to key to Neoleptophlebia adoptiva or Neoleptophlebia heteronea, same as this specimen with pretty different abdominal markings. However, distinguishing between those calls for comparing the lengths of the second and third segment of the labial palp, and this one (like the other one) only seems to have two segments. So I'm stuck on them both. It's likely that the fact that they're immature nymphs stymies identification in some important way.
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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Martinlf has attached these 4 pictures to this report. The message is below.
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General RegionPennsylvania
Specific LocationSpring Creeks
Dates FishedIn the future
Time of Dayprobably afternoon
Fish CaughtSomething, hopefully
Conditions & HatchesOlives

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Martinlf
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Martinlf on Feb 3, 2021February 3rd, 2021, 7:25 am EST
I wasn't sure about attaching images that are only in my computer, but knew this would work. Here's a size 20 no hackle--my best wings so far.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Partsman on Feb 3, 2021February 3rd, 2021, 11:43 am EST
Very nice, I have not tried that wing style in a long time. It looks like you got it.
Mike.
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Martinlf on Feb 3, 2021February 3rd, 2021, 12:08 pm EST
Thanks, Mike. Have you fished the no hackle? I'm curious about how it will perform.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Partsman on Feb 4, 2021February 4th, 2021, 9:57 am EST
Martin,I have not fished this type of since I was a kid. Parachutes are the pattern of choice here in Michigan, but I may attempt some of these, and give them a go. I think I have tied up every type of Hendrickson, and several different bwo’s. Not to mention all the streamers. I’m going crazy with this stuff but what the hell!
Mike.
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Martinlf on Feb 4, 2021February 4th, 2021, 12:37 pm EST
I’m going crazy with this stuff but what the hell!
I get it. But it's fun to try new things, and to resurrect old patterns. I've gone crazy more than once messing around with tying. Lately I've been dyeing some materials with Rit to see how they come out. Pheasant tails, and some grizzly hackle for PMD emergers. It's entertaining, though sometimes I think I get a bit obsessive. Oh well. Or as you say, what the hell!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Crepuscular on Feb 15, 2021February 15th, 2021, 9:12 am EST
Very nice Louis! I hope you are doing well. Those will kill. You've been practicing!
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Martinlf on Feb 16, 2021February 16th, 2021, 1:57 am EST
Thanks, Eric. All is well; I hope with you too.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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