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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.

Artistic view of a Perlodidae (Springflies and Yellow Stones) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to lead to Couplet 35 of the Key to Genera of Perlodidae Nymphs and the genus Isoperla, but I'm skeptical that's correct based on the general look. I need to get it under the microscope to review several choices in the key, and it'll probably end up a different Perlodidae.
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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Bush on Sep 17, 2007September 17th, 2007, 12:41 pm EDT
Don't swim in the Winnipeg River, apparently there are monsters in the

This is the new record in Canada.Caught on the Winnipeg River,
in Manitoba.
Check this thing out..
This guy , was fishing and caught a 36" Pike -
as he was reeling it in, a 56" Pike tried to eat it!!!!! He brought
them both in on the same net.

Awesome catch - 55lbs-56 inches.
Pleasant Gap, PA

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Shawnny3 on Sep 17, 2007September 17th, 2007, 1:03 pm EDT
I hope I never see a fish that big, especially with sharp teeth - I'd probably never go near the water again.

Awesome catch. Does this type of catch count in the record books? I guess the 3-foot pike could be construed as 'bait'?

Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
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Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

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CaseyP on Sep 17, 2007September 17th, 2007, 2:53 pm EDT
ahem...i am NEVER going to fish anything broader than my dining room table, or deeper than my bird bath again.

what in the world was this fellow using for tackle? the Queen Mary's painter?
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra

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Muddler on Sep 17, 2007September 17th, 2007, 4:59 pm EDT
I'm originally from Winnipeg and can atest to the pike fishing in Manitoba, but that is a freeking alligator. Probably pretty hard to cast a 36" weighted streamer. You would think that a 36" pike would be pretty safe in that area, but makes me wonder what else is in those waterways. There's alot of lakes there.
State College, PA

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Smallstream on Sep 17, 2007September 17th, 2007, 5:57 pm EDT
That thing looks like a dinasaur!
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Bellevue, WA

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Troutnut on Sep 17, 2007September 17th, 2007, 7:16 pm EDT
What a beast! I've seen that top picture all over the Internet, but hadn't seen the other two.

I know there are some pike pushing that size here in interior Alaska, too, though not in the vicinity of Fairbanks or anywhere else on the road system for that matter.
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