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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 Kogotus (Perlodidae) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
This one pretty clearly keys to Kogotus, but it also looks fairly different from specimens I caught in the same creek about a month later in the year. With only one species of the genus known in Washington, I'm not sure about the answer to this ID.
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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Ottawa, Ontario

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Rob613 on Jul 20, 2009July 20th, 2009, 1:49 pm EDT
I will be spending the last week of July and first few days of August in Elora and Fergus. I will be doing quite a lot of fishing during the period. Does anyone have any info on the hatches there. I hear hopper and spotted sedge patterns work well there at this time of year. Any info on succesful fly patterns for this area would be greatly appreciated thanks.

Rob from Ottawa
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Jul 21, 2009July 21st, 2009, 6:40 am EDT
Rob, you've probably already thought of or done this, but when traveling I always try to find a helpful fly shop owner in the area and get detailed information from him or her. Then when I'm there I try to get in and buy anything I might need to show my appreciation. This has worked well for me in the past. Is this shop in the right area:



Best of luck!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Ottawa, Ontario

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Rob613 on Jul 21, 2009July 21st, 2009, 1:08 pm EDT

Thanks Martinlf,

Grand River Trout Fitters is in Fergus. I will definitely stop in and talk with them. I checked out there web site, looks like they really know the area.

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