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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 Grammotaulius betteni (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This is a striking caddis larva with an interesting color pattern on the head. Here are some characteristics I was able to see under the microscope, but could not easily expose for a picture:
- The prosternal horn is present.
- The mandible is clearly toothed, not formed into a uniform scraper blade.
- The seems to be only 2 major setae on the ventral edge of the hind femur.
- Chloride epithelia seem to be absent from the dorsal side of any abdominal segments.
Based on these characteristics and the ones more easily visible from the pictures, this seems to be Grammotaulius. The key's description of the case is spot-on: "Case cylindrical, made of longitudinally arranged sedge or similar leaves," as is the description of the markings on the head, "Dorsum of head light brownish yellow with numerous discrete, small, dark spots." The spot pattern on the head is a very good match to figure 19.312 of Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019). The species ID is based on Grammotaulius betteni being the only species of this genus known in Washington state.
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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Flymom on Mar 11, 2008March 11th, 2008, 5:39 am EDT
NYS DEC Commissioner, Pete Grannis to Officially Cast In 2008 NYS Trout Season at Junction Pool, Roscoe NY, April 5, 2008 with Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum First Cast Ceremony.

Junction Pool, Roscoe NY The ceremonial first cast opening the 2008 trout season will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 7:30AM at Junction Pool, Roscoe NY. Hosts Ed and Judy Van Put will share the stream with NYS DEC Commissioner, Pete Grannis. Pending his movie-shooting schedule, Poland native, Olek Krupa, active television and movie actor will join Commissioner Grannis and the Van Puts for this years First Cast.

For decades First Cast has been very much a part of Catskill fly fishing traditions to provide a meeting place for anglers to officially recognize the opening of another trout season. The fly fishing community and local businesses gather at Junction Pool for this ceremony and reconnect with fellow anglers after a long winter. Like in past years, celebrity and political fly anglers have participated in honor of this very special event. Flies are ceremoniously cast into the cold waters at Junction Pool, the confluence of the hallowed Willowemoc Creek and Beaverkill River that are joined and create the Big Beaverkill River, considered the birthplace of American Fly Fishing.

As always, a large crowd is expected including Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, local businesses providing hot drinks and breakfast snacks, and many ardent anglers. The First Cast is scheduled for 7:30AM on Junction Pool in Roscoe, NY. Stay a bit after, have a cup of coffee with the Commissioner, Assemblywoman Gunther, and mingle with other sportsmen and special guests before visiting the local fly shops, favorite fishing spots, and diners. Immediately following First Cast, Guest fly tyer, Ted Patlen will provide fly tying at the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum where a new season of exhibits will be on display. 10:00 AM to Noon, Mike Canazon and the Bamboo Guys will host a Cane Casting clinic at the Livingston Manor High School Gym and everyone is welcome to cast some classic and contemporary bamboo fly rods. 91-year-old Agnes Van Put will start serving her famous soups in the Museum Gift Shop at 11:00 AM. On Saturday evening, the annual Two Headed Trout Dinner will be at Rockland House starting at 5:30PM.

For more information on First Cast Activities, contact the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum at 845-439-4810, email: flyfish@catskill.net and at website www.cffcm.net
For Two Headed Trout Dinner, call: 607-498-4139

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