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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 Neoleptophlebia (Leptophlebiidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Some characteristics from the microscope images for the tentative species id: The postero-lateral projections are found only on segment 9, not segment 8. Based on the key in Jacobus et al. (2014), it appears to key to Neoleptophlebia adoptiva or Neoleptophlebia heteronea, same as this specimen with pretty different abdominal markings. However, distinguishing between those calls for comparing the lengths of the second and third segment of the labial palp, and this one (like the other one) only seems to have two segments. So I'm stuck on them both. It's likely that the fact that they're immature nymphs stymies identification in some important way.
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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Eugene, OR - formerly Eastern PA

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Keystoner on Mar 15, 2010March 15th, 2010, 7:29 am EDT
I'm plannig a trip to the savage river in MD this april. My buddy who was supposed to go with me backed out. So, I'm wondering if anyone would be interested...?

The dates i'm shooting for are 4/23 thru 4/28.

Also, if anyone has been there before camping/fishing, any and all info would be helpful. I'm looking at the fly only stretch right below the reservoir. Thanks.
"Out into the cool of the evening, strolls the Pretender. He knows that all his hopes and dreams, begin and end there." -JB
Potter County, PA

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SlateDrake9 on Mar 15, 2010March 15th, 2010, 9:47 am EDT
You better do some research before you go. They drained the dam for repairs and then came lots of snow and rain, causing all of the silt in the upper reaches of the dam to wash down about a month or two ago. I've heard that the entire lower river is silted in and major fish/insect kills. To the best of my knowledge, the dam is still drained, meaning that it's not a tailwater at the moment, so you'll have the flux of water and water temps to deal with.

You may want to fish the N. Branch of the Potomac instead. It's about 5 minutes away and has pretty decent fishing.

Check out Savage River Outfitters. The owner was really helpful last May when I was down there fishing.
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Chambersburg, PA

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JOHNW on Mar 15, 2010March 15th, 2010, 11:17 am EDT
Definatly give the shop a call.

As for camping there is a primitive campgroung right along the river. I don't remember how much it is a night but definatly less than 25 bucks for a weekend. The campground is pretty quiet untill after Memorial day when things heat up.

As for an update on the dam repairs. As of Friday March 12 both of the upper gates had been closed and they were starting to fill the resevoir. A more recent report has the resevoir at 1/3 capacity already after the heavy weekend rains and close to 7" of water content in the form of snow on the ground. They plan to keep a flow of 40cfs flowing through the dam until it reaches full pool then they will do some high volume releases to flush silt out of the tailwater section.

As for insects to expect I'm not that familiar with the system but remember that you are significantly higher in elevation than the Lehigh Valley and it will likely feel more like winter than spring.

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Eugene, OR - formerly Eastern PA

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Keystoner on Mar 15, 2010March 15th, 2010, 12:25 pm EDT
Thanks guys.

That's a huge bummer regarding the fish kills mentioned by SlateDrake9. One of the things that really had me stoked were the wild brookies this system is/was supposedly teeming with.

I will definately give the shop a call, and thanks for the heads up on weather/temps to expect. Also, according to the Maryland State Parks Dept, primitive camping is $5 a nite. not bad.
"Out into the cool of the evening, strolls the Pretender. He knows that all his hopes and dreams, begin and end there." -JB

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