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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.

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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Konchu
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Konchu on Mar 1, 2012March 1st, 2012, 4:40 am EST
Here's a Discovery article about a wild trout with two heads , found in Idaho. It might be linked to selenium pollution from a mine there. Thought this might be of interest.

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Oldredbarn on Mar 1, 2012March 1st, 2012, 6:08 am EST
Sobering stuff Luke! We went through this before in the east with the coal mines and native brookies...We treat fresh water, something we all need, in such a reckless manner.

I had a poli-sci professor in the 70's who used to talk about our "toilet bowl" mentality...He would say, "As long as it can be flushed away, down the drain, and away from us, we really don't give a damn it's effects for those downstream of us. It's no longer our problem."

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Konchu on Mar 1, 2012March 1st, 2012, 7:10 am EST
Trouble is, and most people don't think about it, most of our drains are connected to someone else's faucet!
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Entoman on Mar 1, 2012March 1st, 2012, 11:14 am EST
By that logic, so are our toilets. Hmmm... Glad I live "upstream"! :)LOL
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Jesse on Mar 4, 2012March 4th, 2012, 8:59 pm EST
It truly is sad how we treat our water.. BLUE gold is the most prominent resource, i just hope it will always be around in a pure form!
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
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GldstrmSam on Mar 5, 2012March 5th, 2012, 8:56 am EST
It might be linked to selenium pollution from a mine there.


Selenium. Interesting. Up here we have so much selenium deficiency that I have to give selenium shots to my goats.

I am a strong supporter of mining, but still if you are going to mine then do it safely.
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus
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Konchu on Mar 5, 2012March 5th, 2012, 2:15 pm EST
Notice I said "might." Some of these oddities occur for many other reasons. Often people find one unusual morph and draw unnecessary conclusions. Coincidence in time and space does not necessarily indicate a cause. On the other hand, it may very well be connected.

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