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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 Epeorus albertae (Heptageniidae) (Pink Lady) Mayfly Nymph from the East Fork Issaquah Creek in Washington
This specimen keys to the Epeorus albertae group of species. Of the five species in that group, the two known in Washington state are Epeorus albertae and Epeorus dulciana. Of the two, albertae has been collected in vastly more locations in Washington than dulciana, suggesting it is far more common. On that basis alone I'm tentatively putting this nymph in albertae, with the large caveat that there's no real information to rule out dulciana.
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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Dorsal view of a Caenis (Caenidae) (Angler's Curse) Mayfly Nymph from the Namekagon River in Wisconsin
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Flytyer0423 on Aug 2, 2009August 2nd, 2009, 5:05 pm EDT
i was just wondering why they call this fly a angler's curse?
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GONZO on Aug 2, 2009August 2nd, 2009, 5:40 pm EDT

I believe the name was coined by British chalkstream anglers. At the time it was coined, fly-tying hooks were not made in sizes that could match these tiny mayflies. Even with an appropriate imitation, they often hatch in such great numbers that the fly is hopelessly lost among them. The Brits also call them "Broadwings" (often preceded by "those bloody...").

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