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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.

Dorsal view of a Neoleptophlebia (Leptophlebiidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Some characteristics from the microscope images for the tentative species id: The postero-lateral projections are found only on segment 9, not segment 8. Based on the key in Jacobus et al. (2014), it appears to key to Neoleptophlebia adoptiva or Neoleptophlebia heteronea, same as this specimen with pretty different abdominal markings. However, distinguishing between those calls for comparing the lengths of the second and third segment of the labial palp, and this one (like the other one) only seems to have two segments. So I'm stuck on them both. It's likely that the fact that they're immature nymphs stymies identification in some important way.
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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JAD on Oct 26, 2007October 26th, 2007, 4:04 am EDT



They fasten red (crimson red) wool around a hook, and fix onto the wool two feathers which grow under a cock’s wattles, and which in colour are like wax.
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Shawnny3 on Oct 26, 2007October 26th, 2007, 4:26 am EDT
One of the best pieces on fishing I've read in a long time. Thanks for sharing, John. The imagery makes me long for January, if that's possible.

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Falsifly on Oct 26, 2007October 26th, 2007, 6:01 am EDT
The why is a pleasant escape from the often times mundane opinions of how.
Thanks John
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
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Martinlf on Oct 27, 2007October 27th, 2007, 7:22 am EDT
Exceptionally well written, John. I enjoyed every word. --Louis
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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Quillgordon on Oct 27, 2007October 27th, 2007, 10:57 am EDT

Fly-fishing means eliminating all the variables — what fly you choose, what cast you make, how you approach — until you solve the single, irreducible event that is happening in front of you: the head of a trout taking a mayfly from the water’s surface.
What more can one say!
Flyfishing is a state of mind! .............. Q.g.

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West on Oct 27, 2007October 27th, 2007, 3:00 pm EDT
Hey, that was awesome! Great stuff. Thanks for sharing.


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