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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 Onocosmoecus (Limnephilidae) (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen keys pretty easily to Onocosmoecus, and it closely resembles a specimen from Alaska which caddis expert Dave Ruiter recognized as this genus. As with that specimen, the only species in the genus documented in this area is Onocosmoecus unicolor, but Dave suggested for that specimen that there might be multiple not-yet-distinguished species under the unicolor umbrella and it would be best to stick with the genus-level ID. I'm doing the same for 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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Milton, DE

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Flybyknight on Mar 31, 2008March 31st, 2008, 11:40 am EDT
Am bringing my canoe up to the E. Branch and if anyone wants to
meet for tow vehicle pick-up and or drop off, we can save a few bucks.
I like to fish alone, but am more than willing to help shuttle our cars around.

Lightly on the dimpling eddy fling;
the hypocritic fly's unruffled wing.
Thomas Scott
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Mar 31, 2008March 31st, 2008, 12:18 pm EDT
Sounds great but it is just too early for me to get excited about going to the Delaware system. I'm waiting for river temperatures of at least 50 degrees before I start going up.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Mar 31, 2008March 31st, 2008, 2:11 pm EDT
Dick, it's probably a bit early for me too, but I'll keep an eye on things. I certainly will be game later in the season. I usually pay for a canoe shuttle, and would be happy to team up with you and even give you a bit of a head start on the water. It's a big river.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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