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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 Epeorus albertae (Heptageniidae) (Pink Lady) Mayfly Nymph from the East Fork Issaquah Creek in Washington
This specimen keys to the Epeorus albertae group of species. Of the five species in that group, the two known in Washington state are Epeorus albertae and Epeorus dulciana. Of the two, albertae has been collected in vastly more locations in Washington than dulciana, suggesting it is far more common. On that basis alone I'm tentatively putting this nymph in albertae, with the large caveat that there's no real information to rule out dulciana.
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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Report at a Glance

General RegionReading, PA
Specific LocationArtificial Lures/ Delayed Harvest
Dates Fished10/12/10
Time of Day7am 'til 1pm
Fish Caught2Rainbows, 2Browns
Conditions & HatchesRainy in the early AM which gave way to spotty sunshine. Light breeze in the early afternoon. Warm but not hot. The water was mostly clear, however still murky through the deeper runs.

Details and Discussion

Keystoner
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Eugene, OR - formerly Eastern PA

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Keystoner on Oct 12, 2010October 12th, 2010, 1:16 pm EDT
Started fishing at 7am, and hooked three pretty quickly on a BH Pheasant Tail 16. Around 9 am the nymphing seemed to fall flat, I tried a variety of patterns and sizes but was unable to catch any more fish. The fourth fish was caught on a BH Wooly Bugger 6 (Black), which I tied on after watching my buddy (who fishes spin reel) catch a couple with his Mepps Aglia. First cast, and bang, rainbow!! Overall a great day on the water. Especially because the fly guy beat the spin fisherman in the un-official contest that we perpetually engage in. Good Times.
"Out into the cool of the evening, strolls the Pretender. He knows that all his hopes and dreams, begin and end there." -JB
Motrout
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Motrout on Oct 12, 2010October 12th, 2010, 3:55 pm EDT
Nice. Thanks for the report.
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Jesse
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Jesse on Oct 13, 2010October 13th, 2010, 11:46 am EDT
That a boy!!
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
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