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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.

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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Westchester County, NY

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CAuletta on Aug 17, 2011August 17th, 2011, 3:16 pm EDT
This is my first post, so I wanted to make it at least a slightly useful one. I noticed there is no thread for the Croton River (West Branch & East Branch), so, by creating one that's about as useful as this post will get. I don't know how much of you fish this river, but I'd like to hear if you do.

Last week I picked a spot near the West Branch outlet, just south of the Route 6 bridge. It was early morning, raining cats and dogs, but I hadn't been out for a while so figured I'd give it a go. The path from the bridge was very overgrown, probably due to all the rain we've had lately in NY, so I had to bush-whack my way in from the road.

This time of year there are not many folks in this area, so I had the whole river to myself. One of the most peaceful and beautiful spots that I go to.

The fish were elusive though, water temps and levels were higher than I'd like. I didn't catch anything except trees for three hours and then snagged a nice brookie on a small ant (I love terrestrials this time of year). He got my hopes up, but that proved to be it for the day. I'm hoping to head back this week, but may need to head to the reservoirs if the temperatures stay high.
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Bellevue, WA

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Troutnut on Aug 18, 2011August 18th, 2011, 12:37 am EDT
Welcome to the forum! I've been near that area but never had a chance to fish it.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist

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