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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.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
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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Al514 on Jun 5, 2008June 5th, 2008, 3:17 pm EDT
Got to my first Adirondack Brookie stream of the year the other day and was pleased to find good numbers of Brook Trout, even though nothing was of any size. It is still a really cool experience walking way into the middle of no where and then catching fish! Here are some pictures.
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Chris_3g on Jun 6, 2008June 6th, 2008, 7:44 am EDT
Thanks for the post. Great pics, and beautiful fish.

I know brookies aren't exactly the most particular of the lot, but which flies seemed to work out the best for you? I'm heading there for a backpacking trip in late June and possibly again in July / August.
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Al514 on Jun 6, 2008June 6th, 2008, 8:04 am EDT
I used a size 18 caddis for all of the fish I caught that day. There were small yellow stoneflies hatching and some large mayflies as well, but like you said, the brookies aren't too paticular about what is being offered. I guess it just comes down to what you have confidence in. Size 10 WB's and other streamers of that size also work well, especially if you hit a section that has a lot of creek chubs.

Where are you planning on fishing when you come up?
BGrnFlyfish
Wisconsin

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BGrnFlyfish on Jun 6, 2008June 6th, 2008, 10:28 am EDT
Those are some awesome little brook trout!
Seth-Big Green River, WI
Lastchance
Portage, PA

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Lastchance on Jun 7, 2008June 7th, 2008, 3:14 am EDT
Pretty fish. I always get a kick out exploring for brookies.
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Troutnut on Jun 10, 2008June 10th, 2008, 8:02 am EDT
Beautiful fish!
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
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Shawnny3 on Jun 10, 2008June 10th, 2008, 9:39 am EDT
Very nice fish. Congratulations.

-Shawn
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