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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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Martinlf
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Martinlf on Sep 18, 2007September 18th, 2007, 6:27 am EDT
If you like the lines from Oliver's poem, check out the whole thing. It's pretty powerful, and may be particularly meaningful to any one who is interested in anadromous fish. I couldn't get the signature line formatting to show the indents, which make the poem look like a heavy riffle, and had to cut out a section to get it all to fit, but you get an idea.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Shawnny3 on Sep 18, 2007September 18th, 2007, 11:45 am EDT
Would you mind posting the whole thing? I'm interested.

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CaseyP on Sep 18, 2007September 18th, 2007, 2:04 pm EDT
second the request. or maybe there is a link to a page on the 'net. or maybe i'll have to actually find out when my local library is open. i know they love to answer questions there--the only people who do in our harried modern world.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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Shawnny3 on Sep 19, 2007September 19th, 2007, 12:23 am EDT
It's funny you should say that about librarians, Casey - I've observed the same thing. In a world in which they are becoming a quaint oddity of the past, the librarians I've met seem almost desperate to help me when I ask for something. Kinda sad, actually.

-Shawn
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Martinlf on Sep 19, 2007September 19th, 2007, 1:35 am EDT
I would post it, but there may be copyright issues, and it's long and hard to format. But it is available at your local library (or through interlibrary loan). I found it years ago in the sixth or seventh edition of Contemporary American Poetry, edited by Poulin. It's available used from Amazon used for 1.50 and has some other neat poems, including the other fish poem I posted a while back. Or PM me your address and I'll mail you a copy. (Offer only good for first three responses).

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"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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CaseyP on Sep 19, 2007September 19th, 2007, 10:47 am EDT
i'm allergic to Amazon, since there is no way at all to interact with a human being when doing business with them. thus, off to the library. it's open until 9, just like the mall...clever, really!
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra

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