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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 Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to tentatively key to Holocentropus, although I can't make out the anal spines in Couplet 7 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae nor the dark bands in Couplet 4 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae, making me wonder if I went wrong somewhere in keying it out. I don't see where that could have happened, though. It might also be that it's a very immature larva and doesn't possess all the identifying characteristics in the key yet. If Holocentropus is correct, then Holocentropus flavus and Holocentropus interruptus are the two likely possibilities based on range, but I was not able to find a description of their larvae.
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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Troutnut on Aug 19, 2006August 19th, 2006, 8:49 am EDT
Well, this is about right. I've held off on fishing more than about once a month this year while I worked all the time on getting this site up, looking forward to being done so I could get out and relax on the water. There were a few weeks of beautiful weather during the last stretch of work and early promotion, and now that I'm finally breathing a little easier and feel "free" to go fish...

RAIN! And rising, turbid trout streams with it. Drat.
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DeRidder on Aug 21, 2006August 21st, 2006, 9:42 am EDT
Pleeze send some down here to the Dallas area, I feel for you man , either feast or famine
Don
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Northern California

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Pramster on Aug 21, 2006August 21st, 2006, 4:08 pm EDT
Hey new to this board, is there a fly shop in Ithaca and do they rent rods and would they recommend a patch of water? Been in Aurora for a few days.
See you on the water!
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Troutnut on Aug 21, 2006August 21st, 2006, 4:57 pm EDT
You might try eFlyTyer, the website of a fly shop in Dryden, which is sort of a "suburb" of Ithaca. I met the guy on Fall Creek one time and he seems to take his shop pretty seriously.
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Pramster on Aug 22, 2006August 22nd, 2006, 12:52 am EDT
Thanks Jason. I'll look them up. H
See you on the water!

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