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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.

Artistic view of a Perlodidae (Springflies and Yellow Stones) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to lead to Couplet 35 of the Key to Genera of Perlodidae Nymphs and the genus Isoperla, but I'm skeptical that's correct based on the general look. I need to get it under the microscope to review several choices in the key, and it'll probably end up a different Perlodidae.
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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Lateral view of a Brachycentrus appalachia (Brachycentridae) (Apple Caddis) Caddisfly Adult from the Beaverkill River in New York
Troutboomer
Tyrone, Pa.

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Troutboomer on Mar 23, 2010March 23rd, 2010, 2:19 am EDT
There are grannoms aplenty in the Bald Eagle, however by May 20th there are no grannoms on any of our central Pa streams. More likely Ryacophila (green rock worms)size 14/12, which can emerge throughout late April and May, or Hydropsyche,size 16/18 with a tan wing and a cinnamon body. The trout behavior you describe is common on the Little Juniata. In either case, fishing a pupa in the film is the way to go, especially for Hydropsyche. They spend hours struggling in the film before emerging.

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