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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.

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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DayTripper
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DayTripper on Jun 10, 2008June 10th, 2008, 2:00 am EDT
Found a monster Salmonfly this weekend, just over 2.5" long. Not sure why, but I got some funny looks from the guys I was with when I started jumping for joy...

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Trtklr on Jun 10, 2008June 10th, 2008, 3:26 am EDT
are both of these salmonflies? I can't say I have seen such a bug, I live in michigan. The one on the bottom looks a little familiar but I could be thinking of something else. Of course the one on top looks like a colorful version of a hex.
I have seen nothing more beautiful than the sunrise on a cold stream.
DayTripper
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DayTripper on Jun 10, 2008June 10th, 2008, 3:41 am EDT
The one on top is a Green Drake
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Troutnut on Jun 10, 2008June 10th, 2008, 8:01 am EDT
You've got the bottom bug (or something very much like it, in the same genus, Pteronarcys) in Michigan. They'll typically be out at night around the same time as the Hexes, but near more riffly habitat and in much, much smaller numbers.
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Jjlyon01
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Jjlyon01 on Jun 10, 2008June 10th, 2008, 12:56 pm EDT
Where did you find that salmonfly? Did you find it somewhere near Albany? I have never seen one one the Battenkill or streams around it.
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69er on Jun 10, 2008June 10th, 2008, 1:10 pm EDT
(insert ban-worthy vandalism here)
i think im a gehy persons
DayTripper
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DayTripper on Jun 10, 2008June 10th, 2008, 2:44 pm EDT
No not around Albany(I wish). I was down on the West Branch of the Delaware over the weekend. I ran into the Salmonfly at a gas station in Hancock on the bank of the East Branch.
Jjlyon01
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Jjlyon01 on Jun 11, 2008June 11th, 2008, 12:20 pm EDT
Ah ya. It would be real nice to see a hatch up our way huh. I just wish I could be somewhere that had trout... I really miss catching trout in the Battenkill but I guess I can deal with the the 9lb largemouth and the alligator gar down in Texas for a few more weeks.
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DayTripper on Jun 11, 2008June 11th, 2008, 2:44 pm EDT
I don't know how you do it :)

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