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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 Epeorus albertae (Heptageniidae) (Pink Lady) Mayfly Nymph from the East Fork Issaquah Creek in Washington
This specimen keys to the Epeorus albertae group of species. Of the five species in that group, the two known in Washington state are Epeorus albertae and Epeorus dulciana. Of the two, albertae has been collected in vastly more locations in Washington than dulciana, suggesting it is far more common. On that basis alone I'm tentatively putting this nymph in albertae, with the large caveat that there's no real information to rule out dulciana.
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 Dec 7, 2011December 7th, 2011, 10:23 am EST
In case anyone was wondering, the site being down had nothing to do with the Chinese spammers that were recently attacking the forum. It was a problem with my web host affecting a bunch of their clients, and it's been fixed.

I'm pretty confident in saying I have the spammers beaten now. I put some powerful new anti-spam code in a few days ago, and since then they haven't posted a thing.
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Entoman on Dec 7, 2011December 7th, 2011, 9:01 pm EST
Thanks for all the work, Jason. Sorry you've had so much trouble lately. You probably needed all this like an ear infection. It's not as if you have nothing else going on in your life...:)


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CaseyP on Dec 8, 2011December 8th, 2011, 5:23 am EST
thank you, Jason! your passion for bugs, fishing, and this site make a lot of lives much happier.
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PaulRoberts on Dec 8, 2011December 8th, 2011, 6:25 am EST
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Oldredbarn on Dec 8, 2011December 8th, 2011, 7:56 am EST

I just figured that everything up your way, server and all, had just froze up...and you were out looking for some wood for the stove and it would thaw out eventually...Maybe June or so. :)

Stay warm! Thanks!

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Troutnut on Dec 8, 2011December 8th, 2011, 4:14 pm EST
The servers hosting this site are located in Chicago. Of course, most people would still call that a cold place. Compared to Fairbanks, though... ha ha HA HA ha HA ha ha HA HA HA ha ha HA ha HA HA HA etc...
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Jesse on Dec 8, 2011December 8th, 2011, 4:25 pm EST
Jason thanks for dealing with all that comes with the bad ass site ha!
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.

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