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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.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
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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Valleyridge on Jan 11, 2011January 11th, 2011, 12:09 pm EST
New to the forum here, really enjoy the site. I'm in the early stages of planning a fall trip to Isle Royale NP. Never been there, I hear it is beautiful. Any suggestions on where to toss some flies around there?? What should I expect as far as fishing conditions/water type? Basically any info would be great. Im from central PA and usually fish the many great spring creeks in the area. Look forward to talking contributing to the forum in the future.

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Jmd123 on Jan 12, 2011January 12th, 2011, 6:55 am EST
VR, go to the north shore of Siskiwit Lake, straight north of the big island in the lake (I think it's Ryan Island), and you will find a stream containing beaver dams/ponds with brookies in them. I was there in August of 2000 and popped a 10-incher on a grasshopper imitation, I think it was size 10. Otherwise, try a Royal Coachman/Wulff type pattern, as brookies love them too. Be prepared for a good hike over steep terrain, but it's worth it!

I didn't try it but you should have some luck on northern pike in the inland lakes if you throw big streamers around on an 8/9 weight, maybe even a few walleye too?? Also, if it's cold enough you will find lake trout up shallow in the Lake Superior waters around the island - I would use the same tackle as for pike...

It is an incredibly beautiful place and you will find much to occupy you besides fishing (like all of the wildlife, geology, spectacular scenery, starry skies at night, etc.), but the fish are there! Good luck and tell us how you do after you return!!

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

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