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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 Kogotus (Perlodidae) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
This one pretty clearly keys to Kogotus, but it also looks fairly different from specimens I caught in the same creek about a month later in the year. With only one species of the genus known in Washington, I'm not sure about the answer to this ID.
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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Martinlf
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Martinlf on Feb 15, 2008February 15th, 2008, 3:16 am EST
Jason, the photo at the top of the page on 2/15/08 is gorgeous. It just invites a cast to the head of the pool. I can hardly sit at my desk without imagining the line unrolling and a brookie flashing under the fly. Thanks.

{Edit by Jason: Since people won't know what you're talking about once the header changes tomorrow, here's a link to the full picture. It's available as a desktop background.}
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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CaseyP on Feb 15, 2008February 15th, 2008, 4:52 am EST
Louis is right. the banner photos are always nice, but this one stopped me cold. the colors of the rocks on the left and the flash of sun on the tree trunk at the head of the pool make this picture like a Puccini aria: achingly beautiful!

time for a new calendar assortment, guy!
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JOHNW on Feb 15, 2008February 15th, 2008, 8:39 am EST
Louis,
Today's header is infact quite gorgeous, well actually they are all very intriguing to me. I cant wait to see what the one on March 15 is going to be like if it is evoking such comment a full 28 days in advance ;)

Is there any way to find the location of those pics in the header/
I relize in many cases posting the particular streams name could be detrimental however some of them are striking enough for me to want to add the area to my "bucket list"

JW
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Shawnny3 on Feb 15, 2008February 15th, 2008, 8:51 am EST
While this beautiful photo is not from a stream I recognize, I really hope Jason doesn't divulge (and I know he won't, at least not to the public) the locations of the streams I love from back home. Most of these tiny beauties could not handle much pressure at all, and it would be a shame for them to be overrun with people.

John, you are once again bravely tugging on Louis tail. While I will undoubtedly derive enjoyment from the repartee that is sure to follow, I hope you don't end up fertilizing a cornfield overlooking the Little J.

-Shawn
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JOHNW on Feb 15, 2008February 15th, 2008, 10:27 am EST
Ahhhhhh! Shawny to spend eternity as part of a corn field overlooking the Little J would not be a bad thing. Now a cornfield in Central Ohio is a different story. However I have it on good authority that it is actually Lois (Louis' evil feminine side) that one must be wary of.

As for wanting to know the wheres of the varied banner streams I was thinking more along the lines of Catskills, Poconos, Driftless, UP.
Not Joes Honey Hole along route 555 just outside of Podunk and certainly not out there for general perview.

JW
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Troutnut on Feb 15, 2008February 15th, 2008, 1:18 pm EST
Glad you like this one so much. :)

Of all the creeks I've photographed for this site, this one is at the very top of the Do Not Tell List, because it is very fragile, hard to get to, and almost undiscovered by trout anglers. It's incredibly clear and cool, and in a good year there are dozens of brookies in every pool, many of them over 10 inches and some pushing 13. In fact, there are almost no fish except brook trout. The many schools of "minnows" that panic up and down the pool as one walks by are actually young-of-the-year brookies.

Of course, such a teaser would be harmless without a few clues to tug at your curiosity. It is in northern Wisconsin, but it does not flow into the Great Lakes. No roads cross it, and the closest you can drive is about half a mile from the creek, but the walk from there is not difficult. It shows up as a trout stream on the regulations map, but it is not well-known, not even locally. It is not a tributary of any nationally famous trout stream. One other poster on this site knows this creek, but might not recognize the picture.
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Martinlf on Feb 15, 2008February 15th, 2008, 3:54 pm EST
March 15? I can't for the life of me imagine what JohnW might have been thinking.

And Shawn, don't you go advertising my after hours job too frequently, or there might be a knock on your door just after midnight in the near future.

Jason, if I'm not on your doorstep sometime before you get out of Alaska, I may have to see if I can finagle a guided trip to this stream one day. All joking aside, thanks for this photo. It and your description of the stream will inhabit my dreams for years to come.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
LittleJ
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LittleJ on Feb 15, 2008February 15th, 2008, 4:48 pm EST
Jason
"It's incredibly clear and cool, and in a good year there are dozens of brookies in every pool, many of them over 10 inches and some pushing 13. In fact, there are almost no fish except brook trout."

Thanks for making my head start twitching! Damn february

Jeff

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