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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 Zapada cinctipes (Nemouridae) (Tiny Winter Black) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Nymphs of this species were fairly common in late-winter kick net samples from the upper Yakima River. Although I could not find a key to species of Zapada nymphs, a revision of the Nemouridae family by Baumann (1975) includes the following helpful sentence: "2 cervical gills on each side of midline, 1 arising inside and 1 outside of lateral cervical sclerites, usually single and elongate, sometimes constricted but with 3 or 4 branches arising beyond gill base in Zapada cinctipes." This specimen clearly has the branches and is within the range of that species.
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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Raybob on Apr 16, 2008April 16th, 2008, 12:32 am EDT
I am up in the North Kingdom of Vermont. Have never fished for Lake Trout. Can anyone give me a few pointers for early in the season right after the ice is gone.
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Martinlf on Apr 16, 2008April 16th, 2008, 9:29 am EDT
I'm not sure. Streamers in the shallow water?
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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Joec on Apr 16, 2008April 16th, 2008, 2:56 pm EDT
Follow the smelt, usually lakers will be nearby. It just seems though that lakers rarely venture into shallow water even in the early spring. Try to find water that is close to 30' deep adjacent to a small feeder brook which the smelt will use for spawning. Another great place to find lakers would be rocky shoals, again adjacent to deeper water is key. As for flies, any streamer that imitates a smelt can be effective. If you decide to troll, it is imperative that you troll slowly, in the range of .5 to 1 mile per hour. A controlled drift works too. I'd suggest that you find a lake that produces large numbers of fish rather than lunkers. It helps with the learning curve. You might try Seymour lake. Good Luck!

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