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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.

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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JOHNW
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JOHNW on May 12, 2010May 12th, 2010, 1:51 am EDT
So who is in or out on this thing?
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
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Martinlf on May 12, 2010May 12th, 2010, 4:09 am EDT
I believe Casey has some idea of who plans to come. We have graduation that day, so I may not make it up, though I'll try to come for the evening meal if I can.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Wbranch on May 12, 2010May 12th, 2010, 9:38 am EDT
While I initially brought the idea up of a get together I had no idea that I would still be working in May. Normally I work October to the middle of April and quit my job as no one is willing to give me the hours/days I want. That is until this year. My employer has been able to adjust my schedule so I get to have the mid week off and then work Monday, Friday, and Saturday so I won't be coming out as it is too far to come for the day on Sunday. Have fun and hope the bugs are hatching and the trout are rising.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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CaseyP on May 13, 2010May 13th, 2010, 1:21 pm EDT
JohnW, you, JAD, Gutcutter, and i are for sure. martinl and shawnny hope to be there.

there were lots more names than that on the original thread; if anyone else still wants to come, PM me for meeting places.

"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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CaseyP on May 15, 2010May 15th, 2010, 1:40 pm EDT
during the next week i will occasionally be off the grid. if you want to join us, try a PM to the folks we know are coming, listed in the previous post. sure hope a lot more will want to fish--it's going to be awesome!
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
Wbranch
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Wbranch on May 15, 2010May 15th, 2010, 2:51 pm EDT
River is currently 605 cfs - isn't that way to omuch water to wade safely? anyone know how quickly it will get down to 300 cfs?
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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CaseyP on May 15, 2010May 15th, 2010, 4:00 pm EDT
Matt, i use the feet gauge,

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?01558000

and have found that anything under three feet is okay. three feet and over is a challenge. 2 1/2 feet is ideal. the river goes down about half as fast as it goes up, usually. i've seen better weather reports, but they change too.

http://www.intellicast.com/Local/Weather.aspx?location=USPA1569
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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CaseyP on May 23, 2010May 23rd, 2010, 2:31 pm EDT
on a somewhat dull and eventually wet Saturday, the first Troutnut Fish-In was held on the Little Juniata. Shawnny, CaseyP, BHPT and Best Fishing Buddy met at JAD's trailer at Greene Hills campground. He welcomed everyone and showed off some nifty sulphur sparkle duns. The night before, he reported, he'd found some quiet water and some large trout and had an awfully good time.

After some chit-chat about how every parking space along the river was occupied, we repaired to the 305 bridge and found no one else. The river gauge claimed 2 1/2 feet, but Shawnny discovered that that was plenty of water to cope with. He managed to get to the other side of the river and found some fish. The rocks were as slippery as ever, and the bottom as uneven as ever, but outside of getting rather wet, he suffered no harm. We saw no fish rising but some had a little luck with nymphs. Shawnny caught the most fish, Best Fishing Buddy came next, and the rest of us will hope to do better next year.

Gave up at the end of the afternoon when the rainstorm failed to produce the hoped-for massive rise. There was an odd moment when the rain started to come down hard and I did my best walk-on-water act back to the car lickety split. Everyone thought I'd turned to sugar, but actually I'd just forgotten my rain jacket. Best Fishing Buddy and JAD stood under a tree while I did my best to catch the two rising fish we did see, but even this peanut gallery did not entice the fish to show how well they can bite BWO and caddis imitations.

We went back to the trailer for Shawnny to get dry and changed and on his way back to home and family. After a thorough discussion of the State of the Nation, the rest of us repaired to the Main St. Cafe where we enjoyed conversation, beer, and Buffalo Fries. After suitable refreshment, we all hopped into our respective vehicles, and checked out the stream and possible hatches. There was a sparse sulphur hatch and a few rising fish, but not enough to get back into the soggy waders, so no one actually stopped to fish more, in spite of JAD's kind invitation.

Next year we have to do this again, with more people. We also need a better chronicler or perhaps some better anglers because this is one very dull fishing report.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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Martinlf on May 24, 2010May 24th, 2010, 5:07 am EDT
Sounds like some exceptionally good company. Sorry to miss it; graduation at the school where I work got in the way for me. Glad you folks caught some fish!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Lastchance
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Lastchance on May 24, 2010May 24th, 2010, 11:04 am EDT
I never gave it a second thought because of the water was running high and fast. I hope next year to join you guys.
Bruce
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Gutcutter on May 25, 2010May 25th, 2010, 1:33 am EDT
sorry that i missed it. the cfs reading was a bit too much for my style of fishing...
All men who fish may in turn be divided into two parts: those who fish for trout and those who don't. Trout fishermen are a race apart: they are a dedicated crew- indolent, improvident, and quietly mad.

-Robert Traver, Trout Madness
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Shawnny3 on May 25, 2010May 25th, 2010, 1:42 pm EDT
Yes, that was fun. Thanks to all who came for a good time fishing and chatting. I fortunately brought a change of clothes because I knew my waders had a small hole in the left leg, but on a few occasions while wading some fast water I forgot about the somewhat larger hole at the very top of my waders. Just a few seconds of its exposure to the Little J flows were enough for me to pack out about an extra 50 pounds of water weight to the car.

While the fishing was slow, the little action I got on sulphur nymphs was enough to keep it interesting. Certainly not lucrative fishing that day, but it was more about the company than the fish, and that aspect was really quite pleasant. Just a few of John's anecdotes about Louis made it well worth the trip. I hope to see you all (and more?) again next year.

-Shawn
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Quillgordon on May 26, 2010May 26th, 2010, 7:40 am EDT

I think you have to make it a 'weekend event'...... one day isn't sufficient considering drive time & weather issues!
Anyway, thanks for the report. There is more to fishing, than catching fish..... I'm sure you agree!
Qg.
Flyfishing is a state of mind! .............. Q.g.

C/R........barbless
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JAD on May 26, 2010May 26th, 2010, 3:05 pm EDT

(Next year we have to do this again, with more people. We also need a better chronicler or perhaps some better anglers because this is one very dull fishing report.)

I'm a little slow at the post, I had a fun time putting the faces with the names, I'm still eating some great left-over cookies.
The fish did what I instructed them to do ---lay low because I knew that Casey would post results. Their are very few fish in the little j heck Shawnny had to jump in after them.

For they who care,the Dark vader (Teloganopsis deficiens,) has made its first appearance.

JAD

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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Martinlf on May 27, 2010May 27th, 2010, 8:11 am EDT
Shawn,

In case you were not aware, John is almost pathologically immune to veracity, so you may wish to regard any stories he tells, or fishing reports, with more than a grain of salt.

--Louis
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Shawnny3
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Shawnny3 on May 27, 2010May 27th, 2010, 12:49 pm EDT
You should have been there to ensure the truth was told. In the absence of dissenting opinions, I was forced to accept his whoppers as fact, or near enough to it.

-Shawn
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JAD on May 28, 2010May 28th, 2010, 1:10 am EDT
EVEN THOUGHT I HAD TO LOOK UP (veracity),WHEN A PAINTER PAINTS A PICTURE he can use any colors he chooses.

My nickle worth.
JaD


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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