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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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Troutnut on Jun 17, 2006June 17th, 2006, 6:10 pm EDT
I saw something interesting tonight at the end of a completely unsuccessful trout fishing trip. It was dark and rainy and, for added darkness, I was under a bridge. I was looking around the shallows with my flashlight when I saw a very small rodent come running to shore from the middle of the river and disappear into the rocks.

It was so FAST that it had to be running across the surface rather than swimming. I didn't know they could do that!
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist

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