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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.

Lateral view of a Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing this one.
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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Pleasant Gap, PA

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Shawnny3 on Nov 1, 2009November 1st, 2009, 6:19 am EST
I found this report interesting, thought you guys might as well:


Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Nov 1, 2009November 1st, 2009, 8:33 am EST
Thanks Shawn. I'm turning down that bid on the condo in Denver and staying here in the good old East.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Alexandria Pa

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JAD on Nov 1, 2009November 1st, 2009, 12:08 pm EST
Come on Louis
I for one would like to visit you in Denver, anybody else.


They fasten red (crimson red) wool around a hook, and fix onto the wool two feathers which grow under a cock’s wattles, and which in colour are like wax.
Radcliffe's Fishing from the Earliest Times,
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Helena Montana

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Aaron7_8 on Nov 1, 2009November 1st, 2009, 12:34 pm EST
I watched about an hour of that report on C-Span the other night. It was interesting to me to see the differnet ways in which regions of the country use their water and how they divy out rights to it. I have lived on the west coast for most of my life excep for a short stint in Florida. It shocked me to see what is the major user in each region. I had no idea that power plants used so much of the water throughout the country. I guess it really is amazing what you hear if you pay attention.
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RleeP on Nov 2, 2009November 2nd, 2009, 9:15 am EST
All hail the Great Lakes Compact..

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