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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 Onocosmoecus (Limnephilidae) (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen keys pretty easily to Onocosmoecus, and it closely resembles a specimen from Alaska which caddis expert Dave Ruiter recognized as this genus. As with that specimen, the only species in the genus documented in this area is Onocosmoecus unicolor, but Dave suggested for that specimen that there might be multiple not-yet-distinguished species under the unicolor umbrella and it would be best to stick with the genus-level ID. I'm doing the same for 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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Fuquay-Varina NC

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Ditch on Jun 28, 2010June 28th, 2010, 7:43 am EDT
anyone here in Northwest VA
There are no bad fishing days.
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Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

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CaseyP on Jun 28, 2010June 28th, 2010, 10:44 am EDT
drove past your hometown on Saturday. would love to fish with someone to get to know some water near-ish to Arlington, VA. don't mind walking, but hate those vertical trails in the Park. Shanandoa? (sp?) Rappahanock? (nope, can't spell that one, either!)
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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Novi, MI

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Oldredbarn on Jun 28, 2010June 28th, 2010, 3:10 pm EDT

I lived in Norfolk until I was nine...Does that count? I lived in the "Tide Water" not the "Piedmont"...I fished in the Chesapeake Bay and the Dismal Swamp...Flounder instead of trout.

Folks here in Michigan eat Perch & Blue Gills like they are candy. I ate Flounder the same way and didn't know it was an expensive fish until I was an adult.

Harry Murray's book on smallmouth taught me a great deal about smallies...

Anyway! Welcome aboard!

"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
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Fuquay-Varina NC

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Ditch on Jun 29, 2010June 29th, 2010, 1:27 am EDT
Yea I'm about 5 miles from Murray's shop

Casey let me know little stoney isn't that up and down brookies are small but the lake holds some larger just need deep i hate carring to rods while fishing.
There are no bad fishing days.

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