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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 Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to tentatively key to Holocentropus, although I can't make out the anal spines in Couplet 7 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae nor the dark bands in Couplet 4 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae, making me wonder if I went wrong somewhere in keying it out. I don't see where that could have happened, though. It might also be that it's a very immature larva and doesn't possess all the identifying characteristics in the key yet. If Holocentropus is correct, then Holocentropus flavus and Holocentropus interruptus are the two likely possibilities based on range, but I was not able to find a description of their larvae.
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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Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

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CaseyP on Nov 14, 2007November 14th, 2007, 6:50 am EST
some of us regard the bluegill as God's gift to beginning angers. seems they backfired as a gift:
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
Lancaster, PA

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Lam on Nov 14, 2007November 14th, 2007, 3:17 pm EST
Kind of ironic considering that Japan is one of the leading decimaters of the oceans bounty (tuna, wonten mutilation of sharks just for fins, whale slaughters, etc.).
Vanderbilt, Michigan

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Dano on Nov 15, 2007November 15th, 2007, 12:56 am EST
...Sorta like the introduction of von Behr Brown trout into Brook trout waters....North Branch of the Pere Marquette River near Baldwin, Michigan by J.F. Ellis in 1884 being the first North American planting. The rest, as they say, is history.....


Eventually, all things merge into one...and a river runs through it.
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Nov 19, 2007November 19th, 2007, 3:41 pm EST
Bluegills are EXTREMELY aggressive when it comes to territory. Ever kept any in an aquarium? One decides that he's King of the tank and, through incessant harassment, slowly kills everybody else in the tank. A friend of my father once had a big tank full of cichlids, which are notoriously territorial, like to rearange rocks and plants, and generally don't get along with each other. Well, this guy lived on a lake and he decided to add a bluegill to the mix, which proceded to beat the living sh*t out of his tough, aggressive cichlids - they were no match.

So sure, world, give us your dumb-ass carp! We got bluegills, we got bass, we got rainbow and brook trout...WATCH OUT!!!

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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