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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.

Artistic view of a Perlodidae (Springflies and Yellow Stones) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to lead to Couplet 35 of the Key to Genera of Perlodidae Nymphs and the genus Isoperla, but I'm skeptical that's correct based on the general look. I need to get it under the microscope to review several choices in the key, and it'll probably end up a different Perlodidae.
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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Steelnuts on Jun 10, 2008June 10th, 2008, 1:30 am EDT
Wow...new to this great site! I am a novice heading to the Shenandoah NP next week and was hoping someone could share any experiences. There appears to be ample opportunities to fish some small mountain streams. Can anyone suggest some patterns/techniques to try? Any help would be appreciated. Thx

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Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

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CaseyP on Jun 10, 2008June 10th, 2008, 2:48 am EDT
Royal Wulff, anything from Harry Murray's shop, and hide in the bushes.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
Andover, MA/ Andover NH

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CamWolf1313 on Jun 14, 2008June 14th, 2008, 4:37 pm EDT
I would also suggest the Royal Wulff. I have even had luck with small midge patterns in small mountain streams in New Hampshire. I not positive that the midges will work because the river seemed like the fish would eat anything. But try the Royal Wulff first then work in some different patterns. P.S. In most mountain streams the fish are very jumpy so be quiet and fish behind cover.
"Clear your mind of everything but the fish and the fly and you will be in the right mind frame to land it"
Billy Berger.
Northwest PA

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Grannom on Jun 15, 2008June 15th, 2008, 9:07 am EDT
Don't walk in the water

Just "dap" your fly in the water (hold the rod tip up keeping much of the leader off of the water with just the fly on the water and drift it through)

Stimulators, Humpys, Wulffs, If the water is large enough tie on a beadhead nymph(hare's ear, PT...etc.) as a dropper

Stop in the fly shop and ask questions

Post a report with pics when you get back

"Be calm - you're there..." "...Tell yourself there's no rush, even if there is."

-John Gierach

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