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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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Central New York

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Al514 on Oct 7, 2007October 7th, 2007, 3:15 pm EDT
Has anyone in the Central New York area fished Grout Brook? It runs into one of the south ends of the finger lakes, Skaneatles Lake, and from what I have herd gets a nice run of fish in the fall and spring.
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Bellevue, WA

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Troutnut on Oct 7, 2007October 7th, 2007, 8:17 pm EDT
I've read good things about it in a few of the books about the area (small and brushy but with a decent population, I've heard) but I never got aroudn to fishing it while I was there. I never got optimistic about any of the lake run fishing around there because the runs were all so scarce, and I'd rather try for choosy insect feeders where I know I can find them rather than searching high and low for something big from the lake to hit a streamer.
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Central New York

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Al514 on Oct 8, 2007October 8th, 2007, 5:56 am EDT
What you said is exactly why I haven't fished it either. I went there one time just to check it out and it is a SMALL stream - not as wide as a car in some spots. We are supposed to have a bit of rain this week along with cooler weather, so hopeuflly there will be some fish.

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