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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 Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to tentatively key to Holocentropus, although I can't make out the anal spines in Couplet 7 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae nor the dark bands in Couplet 4 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae, making me wonder if I went wrong somewhere in keying it out. I don't see where that could have happened, though. It might also be that it's a very immature larva and doesn't possess all the identifying characteristics in the key yet. If Holocentropus is correct, then Holocentropus flavus and Holocentropus interruptus are the two likely possibilities based on range, but I was not able to find a description of their larvae.
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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Falsifly
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Hayward, WI.

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Falsifly on Jan 2, 2011January 2nd, 2011, 6:23 am EST
Falsifly
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Jan 2, 2011January 2nd, 2011, 8:34 am EST
Looks photoshopped - the carp looks to be good sized - I didn't think there were any hawks that big.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Jmd123
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Jan 2, 2011January 2nd, 2011, 2:22 pm EST
As far as I am concerned, the osprey can have all the carp they want!!!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Falsifly
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Hayward, WI.

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Falsifly on May 4, 2011May 4th, 2011, 10:00 am EDT
This may not be what you're expecting, but it fits the topic, I think.

Falsifly
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
Jtberez
Indiana, PA

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Jtberez on May 6, 2011May 6th, 2011, 7:37 pm EDT
Carp on the fly rocks! I just got into it last year...

the fly of choice:

don't ask me how to tie it dudes... a friend gave me this. I'm still getting duns, emergers, and spinners down.

my first carp on the fly.. one to remember for sure



not trying to rush it, as I'm ready to start hitting the hatches hard now that college is out, but I'm ready to start wet wading and targeting these beasts in the flats

B

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