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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 Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
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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General RegionCatskills
Specific LocationWest Branch of Delaware and Beaver Kill
Dates Fished5/31/05
Time of Day9 AM - 1 PM
Fish Caught4 Brown Trout: 3 were ~ 10 inches, one ~ 17 inches
Conditions & HatchesA few large brown mayflies, and some "giant" looking stoneflies.

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Chicago, IL

Posts: 47
Willy on Jun 1, 2006June 1st, 2006, 6:08 am EDT
Caught 2 fish on the West Branch on CDC and Elk in about a size 10 or 12. Both were the village idiots, for their jaws were ripped to shreds.

On the Beaverkill, drifted nymphs through fast water. Got one small brown, then broke off a very large fish on a big stonefly nymph. Then caught and landed a 17 inch brown on a stonefly nymph. His mouth was beat up too, and it had someone else's fly in it.

Not much insect activity, it was about 85 degrees and sunny. Some caddis on the West Branch and some big mayflies and stoneflies on the Beaver Kill.
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Njflytyer on Jun 19, 2007June 19th, 2007, 12:26 pm EDT
Willy, Thanks for shareing, and cograts on your catch. G;ad to see how it's done.Also enjoyed the picture. Tight Lines, Chris
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Jun 19, 2007June 19th, 2007, 2:25 pm EDT
Fat pretty fish. Nice work.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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