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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 Amphizoa (Amphizoidae) Beetle Larva from Sears Creek in Washington
This is the first of it's family I've seen, collected from a tiny, fishless stream in the Cascades. The three species of this genus all live in the Northwest and are predators that primarily eat stonefly nymphs Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019).
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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VaalShuffle
Johannesburg South Africa

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VaalShuffle on Apr 18, 2008April 18th, 2008, 9:37 pm EDT
Jason I am new to your site and noticed that the insect photgraphas in the streams etc are awesome. how do you do it? These pics are mind blowing you seem to get the perfect light all the time. Do you spend a lot of time carrying around camera equipment or what?
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Troutnut on Apr 19, 2008April 19th, 2008, 11:05 am EDT
I do spend lots of time carrying camera equipment around. But the real secret is to take lots of pictures and not put the bad ones on the website. :)
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Shawnny3 on Apr 19, 2008April 19th, 2008, 2:20 pm EDT
The digital age has spawned a lot of great photographers, hasn't it, Jason?

-Shawn
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
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Nateps
michigan

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Nateps on Apr 26, 2008April 26th, 2008, 11:48 am EDT
heres a pic of my last brown trout of the season 2007, not a great camera, but a great fish!!!

http://www.picable.com/Nature/Animals/Brown-Trout.113766

Nate
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Shawnny3 on Apr 26, 2008April 26th, 2008, 4:12 pm EDT
That fish is a beautiful monster, Nate. Nice going.

-Shawn
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
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