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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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Upnorth2
Wisconsin

Posts: 62
Upnorth2 on Dec 16, 2006December 16th, 2006, 11:13 am EST
http://ohioseagrant.osu.edu/discuss/index.php?topic=562.0

Supplying this link because of both its economic impact the impact this will have on stocking programs and wild fish throughout the Great Lakes Basin. There is now a ban a certain fish being transported between states by the USDA.

Anyone with any information would be appreciated if you would post it.

Not good. Going to be a bad affect.
JAD
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Alexandria Pa

Posts: 362
JAD on Dec 18, 2006December 18th, 2006, 3:33 am EST
News 10 Now | 24 Hour Local News | TOP STORIES

DEC testing birds found near Ontario Lake for Botulism 10/24/2006 7:39 PM By: Staff. The DEC continues to investigate what caused the death of numerous birds ...
http://www.news10now.com/content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=83902
The DEC continues to investigate what caused the death of numerous birds found along the shore of Lake Ontario. The agency says birds like gulls and loons were found dead along the eastern shore of the lake Saturday.
Botulism. Water birds which have the botulism toxin cannot fly and their legs become paralyzed. DEC officials are advising the public to take precautions in handling birds and other wildlife from these areas until the investigation is completed.

How should I prepare HEALTHY fish or game that I harvest? (In Erie or Ontario)
• Wear rubber or plastic protective gloves while filleting, field dressing, skinning or butchering.
• Remove intestines soon after harvest, don't eat intestines and avoid direct contact with intestinal contents.

This is important to my because I fish for Steel head most all winter long. I posted this on (Fish Erie Forum)because those guys eat thees fish. So far this year Ive caught way over 300 Steel head and haven't keep a single fish to smoke.

Seasons Greetings
JaD

They fasten red (crimson red) wool around a hook, and fix onto the wool two feathers which grow under a cock’s wattles, and which in colour are like wax.
Radcliffe's Fishing from the Earliest Times,
Upnorth2
Wisconsin

Posts: 62
Upnorth2 on Dec 20, 2006December 20th, 2006, 1:57 pm EST
Thanks JAD. The USDA banned the interstate transportation of some fish to contain the Great Lakes problem. That's as far as I got with the time I have. Keep me posted.

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