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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 Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing this one.
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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Chris_3g on Feb 18, 2008February 18th, 2008, 12:53 am EST
Hey guys. The Leon Chandler Chapter of Trout Unlimited is sponsoring Ithaca Fishing Day. It's an event where people can come learn about fishing (more geared toward fly fishing), get advice on local fishing opportunities, and purchase gear from some local vendors. I'll be checking back here every so often if there are any questions. Thanks a lot!


16th Annual Ithaca Fishing Day - for the novice to the advanced fisherman!
Saturday, March 8th, 2008
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Boynton Middle School Cafeteria
(Route 13 North by Cayuga Lake)

Sponsored by: The Leon Chandler Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Admission and Programs FREE


  • Continuous fly tying instructions by TU youth educators
  • Continuous fly casting instruction by noted local instructors, Joe Cambridge and Carol Farkas
  • Complete line of fly fishing materials and equipment for sale
  • Fishing, community education, and environmental exhibits
  • Raffle prizes available throughout the day
  • Fish tanks of local insect species
  • Fly fishing discussions and lectures

Vendors and Exhibitors:

Mark your calendar! Saturday, March 8th, 2008

Donations appreciated

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