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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.

Lateral view of a Onocosmoecus (Limnephilidae) (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen keys pretty easily to Onocosmoecus, and it closely resembles a specimen from Alaska which caddis expert Dave Ruiter recognized as this genus. As with that specimen, the only species in the genus documented in this area is Onocosmoecus unicolor, but Dave suggested for that specimen that there might be multiple not-yet-distinguished species under the unicolor umbrella and it would be best to stick with the genus-level ID. I'm doing the same for this one.
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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Sleeping Bear Dunes!
The (tilted) "Three Amigos Selfie" on the beach of Lake Michigan!
Joe & Todd feeling very little, if any, pain
"Nervous water"
What's in there???
Big, dark fish!  Coho were thick in here but so were the humans...we didn't bother wetting a line
Back at Todd's place...his turtle platform, complete with turtles!
Okay, we weren't using fly rods, they were too deep...but we caught dinner!  Double-header
Joe with another double-header!  We's eatin' 'gills tonight!
We threw this one back as a breeder!
Gleaned from a field owned by Frito-Lay post-harvest, these were leftovers just laying all over the ground like stones!
The main course
Todd's cuuuuute little deep-fat fryer
Home-made tater chips!
Watch out, got my 10-foot 7-weight cannon!
Joe continues to perfect his casting technique, here with a nymph/indicator set-up
Grumpy fisherman...worn out by that big rod, had my Measure-Net stolen by the swift current, which then almost took me for a swim...grumpy fisherman
Okay, there's just too many possible captions to pick one!  You decide! (BTW this is now LEGAL in Michigan!)
Once again, "The Three Amigos" at Todd's cottage with Cowden Lake in the background
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Jmd123 on Mar 2, 2021March 2nd, 2021, 3:30 am EST
Last fall just as colors were starting to change I headed west to a cute little kettle hole lake, where my buddy Todd has a fine cottage. Joe met up with us as well! We fished & partied & etc. for three days there and, as you can see, had a great time. Fly fishing was not as hoped for, and cloudy nighttime skies kept us from viewing the stars, but we had lots of fun anyway, can't help it with these guys! Enjoy.


P.S. Don't know why the pics are showing up goofy! The last one is NOT upside-down!!
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Roguerat on Mar 3, 2021March 3rd, 2021, 2:49 am EST

Welcome (back) to the West Coast, and I'm wondering if your Cowden L is the one in Montcalm Co...? If so I fished all over the place in and around that neck of the MI woods, throwing an 8 wt and big scary hair-bugs for LM Bass and N Pike way back in my fly-fishing 'yoot.
Nice pics and looks like a good time with friends and some suspicious weeds and all,


"Less is more...'

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Wbranch on Mar 3, 2021March 3rd, 2021, 5:17 am EST
Looks like you guys had nice weather and a good time. I really like the looks of the stream where you lost your net. The trout in there are they wild or stocked? Any steelhead?
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Roguerat on Mar 3, 2021March 3rd, 2021, 5:24 am EST
Deductive reasoning here, I'm thinking it's the Platte (the MI one, not CO) or else the Betsie R?
Crazy clear water, the Coho with attendant zoo/crowd, and in or near Sleeping Bear Nat'l Lakeshore...just guessing.


'Less is more...'

Ludwig Mies Vande Rohe

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