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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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Wellsville, NY

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Softhackle on Feb 9, 2008February 9th, 2008, 1:45 am EST
I've been busy tying and thought you might be interested in what I'm working on. Here's a few.


I'll be posting the recipes on my site, soon. If you are interested in the dressings, contact me.
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Pleasant Gap, PA

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Shawnny3 on Feb 9, 2008February 9th, 2008, 1:52 am EST
Pretty, as usual. And productive, I'm sure.

Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
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Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

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CaseyP on Feb 9, 2008February 9th, 2008, 2:26 am EST
neat photos. say, how do you photograph the flies without any visible means of support? without being held up in the air, mine lie all crooked.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
Pleasant Gap, PA

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Shawnny3 on Feb 9, 2008February 9th, 2008, 2:39 am EST
I've wondered the same thing, Casey. But you may be asking a magician how he does his trick...

Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
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Dano on Feb 9, 2008February 9th, 2008, 2:54 am EST
Nice flies, Mark; thanks for sharing...

Casey, my guess is that the flies are laid on their sides on a blotter board and shot from above using a macro-telephoto. Even under the "normal" flash settings, with a macro-telephoto, the depth of field becomes extremely shallow. Since Mark does use soft hackles (I assume) getting the flies straight is much easier.


Eventually, all things merge into one...and a river runs through it.
Grants Pass, OR

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Creno on Feb 10, 2008February 10th, 2008, 6:58 am EST
I suspect the fly is attached to a post - like those used in shadow boxes. With good lighting one doesn't see the shadow of the post.
Brule, WI

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AftonAngler on Feb 15, 2008February 15th, 2008, 2:46 am EST
Very beautiful and very deadly looking...

Syl Nemes would be impressed.

I am!
See you on the Water.

Brad Bohen

The Afton Angler

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