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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 Neoleptophlebia (Leptophlebiidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Some characteristics from the microscope images for the tentative species id: The postero-lateral projections are found only on segment 9, not segment 8. Based on the key in Jacobus et al. (2014), it appears to key to Neoleptophlebia adoptiva or Neoleptophlebia heteronea, same as this specimen with pretty different abdominal markings. However, distinguishing between those calls for comparing the lengths of the second and third segment of the labial palp, and this one (like the other one) only seems to have two segments. So I'm stuck on them both. It's likely that the fact that they're immature nymphs stymies identification in some important way.
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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General Regionnorth yorkshire-uk
Specific Locationhealey, north yorkshire
Dates Fished14 may 2011
Time of Day10 am till dusk

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Flyman85
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Flyman85 on May 12, 2011May 12th, 2011, 3:33 pm EDT
planned trip to resorvoir for saturday, checked weather and heavy rain and 16mph south easterly winds,fill you,s in sunday morning guys
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Martinlf on May 12, 2011May 12th, 2011, 7:10 pm EDT
Good luck!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Flyman85
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Flyman85 on May 13, 2011May 13th, 2011, 1:59 am EDT
@martinlf-thanks mate

practice makes perfect,nobodys perfect so why practice!
Flyman85
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Flyman85 on May 14, 2011May 14th, 2011, 11:17 pm EDT
morning guys
well didnt arrive untill 11am and after a bit of crack with the fishery managers wife, wendy. was setting up in the carpark and couldnt help but notice the roaring wind and quite a cold one too.
11.30 and made me way down to the dam wall and half way down spotted a bloke playing a fish who had been since 6.30 and asked the usual- lures or naturals? his reply was that he'd fished his way around from the wall to here and that was his first fish-black lure.
got settled at marker pegs and 5 other anglers all strippng lures dotted around but not much doing.
thought i'd try something different so floating line with an orange cheek green epoxy buzzer on the point with a green midge emerger on dropper size 14. just to mention the wave was 12-18 inches!

Flyman85
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Flyman85 on May 14, 2011May 14th, 2011, 11:43 pm EDT
dammit wrong button lol
straight into a fish after a couple of cast on the buzzer(on new rod) about half an hour passed and nothing moving on top so set up the other with intermediate line and a hares ear and pheasant tail nymph.
out that went and got a couple to ptn. getting peckish so stopped for half hour and spotted a guy in the corner who i'd previously met at another fishery and had a bit of crack with him.
picked up the rod again, by this time the wind was getting out of control, it was like the sea, and blowing right into me face so had a walk down to the other end it was like a new world. nothing doing for a while so put on a cats whisker and counting down zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz on the drop,another to the net. wind calmed so walked approx 2 mile back to where i started as the majority of fish seem to be up there
back on the floater and picked up a few more then went dead, so moved about a minutes walk back towards carpark and out on the buzzer very slow figure of eight and boom zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz im thinking yes as just had that 8lber a fortnite ago checked drag as only on 4lb line nearly onto backing and started to get a bit back on it then off it went again,about 5 or 10 mins passed and got it under the rod tip and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz off again. ah i was thinking my arms starting to ache now! anyway after a few heartstopping moments got it to the net. buzzing what a clonker of a fish, personal best was looking in danger. length 25 3/4, depth 8 and 3 3/4 across the back,10lb right on the button.brilliant day and off i went with a big smile on my face after picking up a couple more to a fluorescent lime blob on the way up to carpark.
Flyman85
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Flyman85 on May 16, 2011May 16th, 2011, 1:07 pm EDT
www.yorkshireflyfishing.org.uk/blog/
look for leighton and west tanfield. the bloke who wrote these must be an idiot because there is the best hatches iv ever seen at tanfield and leighton is lures early season then buzzers and dries for the rest, same at tanfield.
whats a cranefly to you guys? over here its a daddy long legs!
will post some pics as requested by jmd when i get my phone leads sorted.
tight lines all
Mantog
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Mantog on Jul 29, 2011July 29th, 2011, 4:44 am EDT
Hi Flyman

I wrote those articles you refer to. Calling me an idiot is not necessarily constructive criticism but I will respond anyway! I write what I experience on the day(s), coupled with information fed in from anglers who have fished these venues for several years. You, and your fishing companions, may have had different experiences to myself and my fishing companions at the venues in question. Plus, differnet anglers prefer to use different methods. Such is life!

Bob

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