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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 Male Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This dun emerged from a mature nymph on my desk. Unfortunately its wings didn't perfectly dry out.
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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By Troutnut on July 12th, 2021
On our way from the Reno area and the Upper Truckee to fish the Golden Trout Wilderness, we couldn't resist a detour to see the oldest (non-clonal) organisms in the world: the ancient Great Basin Bristlecone Pines and the Methuselah Grove. They did not disappoint.

Photos by Troutnut from Miscellaneous in California

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

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Miscellaneous in California
Gnarly old bristlecones in Methuselah Grove

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Some of the ancient trees in this grove are around 5,000 years old. They've aged well. They don't look a day over 4,900 to me.

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