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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 Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
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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Troutnut on Apr 12, 2011April 12th, 2011, 10:15 am EDT
I'm making some exciting improvements to the site soon, and one of them is a feature to show "related topics" below each topic you read on the forum. Part of tweaking that algorithm involved generating a list of the most commonly used words in all posts (not titles) on this forum, and it wasn't exactly what I expected.

So, everyone can try to guess the most used words with at least four letters on this forum. After a while I'll post the answer, a list of all words with 4 or more letters that are used 5 or more times on the whole forum, in order of usage.

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Gutcutter on Apr 12, 2011April 12th, 2011, 12:45 pm EDT
my guesses:
trout troutnut mayfly caddis nymph emerger pupae larvae larval shuck jason gonzo spence
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Entoman on Apr 12, 2011April 12th, 2011, 6:37 pm EDT
In addition to Tony's fine list (including the characters) :)

bugs, flies, know, where, what, when, good, perhaps, maybe, always, believe, probably, common(ly), uncommon(ly)

Regards,

Kurt
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Flatstick96 on Apr 13, 2011April 13th, 2011, 6:02 am EDT
"Fish"
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Aaron7_8 on Apr 13, 2011April 13th, 2011, 12:52 pm EDT
I, The, And, Hatch.
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CaseyP on Apr 13, 2011April 13th, 2011, 3:13 pm EDT
another vote for fish.

"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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TNEAL on Apr 14, 2011April 14th, 2011, 12:27 am EDT
been; long; winter
TNEAL
GRAYLING. MICHIGAN

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TNEAL on Apr 14, 2011April 14th, 2011, 12:27 am EDT
been; long; winter
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Creno on Apr 14, 2011April 14th, 2011, 11:41 am EDT
How about some of those other days - gorgeous, splendid, clear, great, warm, calm, rising, etc. While I suspect they are in the minority, those are the words that make this site great for me! Oh - and caddis.
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Konchu on Apr 14, 2011April 14th, 2011, 2:16 pm EDT
The posts on this thread are getting perilously close to haiku...
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Jmd123 on Apr 14, 2011April 14th, 2011, 3:23 pm EDT
Rods, reel(s), line, leader, knot, weight (as in "5-weight"), caught, lost, dries, wets, streamer(s)...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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PaulRoberts on Apr 15, 2011April 15th, 2011, 3:58 am EDT
fish, fishing, trout, ... flies?
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Jmd123 on Apr 16, 2011April 16th, 2011, 6:54 am EDT
Tiny blue winged olives

(Notice these are actually all words with four or more letters...)

JMD
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Shawnny3 on Apr 18, 2011April 18th, 2011, 10:03 am EDT
The posts on this thread are getting perilously close to haiku...


This is quite perilous, actually. Haiku in a thread Jason started - based on the law of cause and effect, he could be deemed responsible. I shudder to think what would happen to our little online world if he were banned...

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Troutnut on Apr 18, 2011April 18th, 2011, 4:12 pm EDT
So far it's okay but if I catch anyone doing 5-7-5 syllable lines there's going to be trouble!
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