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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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Gripngrin
Front Range - Colorado

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Gripngrin on Nov 23, 2006November 23rd, 2006, 2:54 pm EST
Howdy nuts! Just joined and looking forward to learning and chatting with all.

Jason's work is bug work is superb and the site is fantastic!

My wife and I are retired guides here in Colorado and are glad to be a resource for anyone coming up to fish. My new occupation is in upland & fly fish photography.

Happy Thanks to all.

Mike Speer

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Taxon on Nov 23, 2006November 23rd, 2006, 3:39 pm EST
Howdy Mike-

Happy Thanksgiving, and welcome aboard. Think I may recognize your name from another forum, but can't quite place it.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
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Bellevue, WA

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Troutnut on Nov 23, 2006November 23rd, 2006, 4:39 pm EST
Welcome Mike! I'm glad you're enjoying the site. Do you have anywhere we can see your photography online?
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
Gripngrin
Front Range - Colorado

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Gripngrin on Nov 24, 2006November 24th, 2006, 2:02 pm EST
Thanks gents. Yes, you can view my work at: www.mikespeerphoto.com. Once there, click on "Portfolio & Stock Images".

For the last several weeks I have been building this new portfolio using Adobe's new Lightroom software. This flash page was produced using their web module.

We are still working on the layout, fonts, etc. It will be ready for viewing by potential customers in a week or so.

Grip'n Grin Mike
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Troutnut on Nov 24, 2006November 24th, 2006, 4:29 pm EST
You've got some nice photos there Mike!
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
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Gripngrin
Front Range - Colorado

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Gripngrin on Nov 25, 2006November 25th, 2006, 9:54 am EST
Back-at-cha Jay'

What do you shoot with these days? Film or Digi? Favorite lens? Underwater rig?

Mike
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Indiana

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Konchu on Nov 25, 2006November 25th, 2006, 11:11 am EST
I've been thinking of upgrading to something digital for my nature/stream photography, but at this stage of my life am on something of a budget. I currently use Pentax compatible lenses and would like to continue to do so with a new camera body. Do any of you have specific recommendations for a good used camera? Which is better, a digital SLR or straight digital?
Gripngrin
Front Range - Colorado

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Gripngrin on Nov 25, 2006November 25th, 2006, 12:27 pm EST
Konchu - Your thoughts might be good for its own thread. I have encouraged Jason to start a trout photo forum. I will reply to your question on a new thread.
MS
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New Zealand

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Troutbum32 on Apr 8, 2019April 8th, 2019, 12:12 am EDT
Hey guys,

It looks like I am a little late to the party but I do a bunch of fly fishing photography and can help with any advice you may need? We have just published some of our fly fishing Colorado images here.
20 Years Fly Fishing in New Zealand and abroad.
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Colorado

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Iasgair on Apr 8, 2019April 8th, 2019, 11:37 am EDT
Hey guys,

It looks like I am a little late to the party but I do a bunch of fly fishing photography and can help with any advice you may need? We have just published some of our fly fishing Colorado images here.



Nicely done Troutbum32. The Poudre is the river I fish now, and you're correct about waiting till evening. The big browns come out to play then.

The Arkansas and Rio Grande, both spectacular rivers, especially that stretch between Del Norte and South Fork. The area at Wagon Wheel Gap on the Rio is where I learned this terrible addictive sport. Luckily, there isn't a cure.

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