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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 Skwala (Perlodidae) (Large Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This Skwala nymph still has a couple months left to go before hatching, but it's still a good representative of its species, which was extremely abundant in my sample for a stonefly of this size. It's obvious why the Yakima is known for its Skwala hatch.
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 Oct 17, 2006October 17th, 2006, 6:34 pm EDT
The colors are beginning to taper off now in upstate New York, and I've made a few good trips to fish and take pictures. Two of the trips involved brutally long hikes (9 miles one day) with the heavy camera/lens case and tripod. One of my New Year's Resolutions will be to travel more lightly. Maybe I'll drop a six-ounce fly box and pretend it matters when I can't resist carrying along a six-pound tripod...

Anyway, the picture links:

  • An October 6th-7th trip to the Catskills. Most of these pictures come from one small stream way back in the mountains on the 7th, where I had done well on brookies a few weeks earlier. This day I only caught one fish but I got lots of nice pictures. There are some underwater photos from that trip too.

  • A remote small stream and gorge in the Finger Lakes region. This one involved a several-mile hike through a state forest, a couple miles of fishing and photographing upstream, and an even longer hike out. I caught one 8" trout.

  • One of the more popular parks and gorges in the Finger Lakes. Easy hiking, great scenery.

Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
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Pleasant Gap, PA

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Shawnny3 on Oct 19, 2006October 19th, 2006, 10:58 am EDT
Nice, Jason. I especially like the pics from above the park - not too many people go up there, and the water gets pretty skinny pretty fast, but you feel pretty rewarded when you manage to avoid the brush and an 8-incher rises to your dry. Good memories from up there.

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