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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 Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing this one.
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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Ditch on Sep 24, 2011September 24th, 2011, 7:39 am EDT
I have been looking for a lower end camera for shooting night fishing (low end due to the chance of a miss step and splash) digital and one that takes good pictures.

Philip Stewart
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Troutnut on Sep 24, 2011September 24th, 2011, 4:08 pm EDT
If you want to take pictures with a flash, pretty much any good digital will do. I would highly recommend one of the dozen or so completely waterproof models out there, so you don't have to worry about a splash at all, and you can even take underwater pictures (but those won't be very good at night). Canon and the Panasonic Lumix models are among the best in this category.

If you want to do night photography without a flash, that's a much, much harder and more expensive game, and no low-end camera is going to work very well. The best setup would be a full-frame DSLR with very good high ISO performance, like Canon's 5D Mk II for $2,000, and a very fast lens like their 50mm f/1.2. Even that probably won't shoot fishing action on a pitch black night, but at dusk or in good moonlight you could probably have some fun.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
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