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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.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
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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This discussion is about Denali Highway.

Swampbuggy Lake. This is one of the prettiest scenes where the road winds along the Clearwater Mountains.

From Denali Highway in Alaska
Clearwater Mountains. This general area was the site of much of my frantic hunting action on the last day of the season, at morning and dusk.

From Denali Highway in Alaska
Mt Deborah (left) and Hess Mountain (right)

From Denali Highway in Alaska
Mt Deborah (left) and Hess Mountain (right)

From Denali Highway in Alaska
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Troutc on Mar 9, 2012March 9th, 2012, 4:06 pm EST
Glad you didn't give away all the good fishing holes on the Denali Highway. Lived up there for 23 years and that road has some of the best Grayling fishing I've ever seen. I know there are a dozen little streams names Fish Creek in AK, but am wondering if the Fish Creek in your pictures in the same as the one on the Denali Highway. Nice Job
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Troutnut on Mar 9, 2012March 9th, 2012, 11:36 pm EST
The Fish Creek in my pictures isn't the one on the Denali Highway. It's true there's good grayling fishing all up and down that highway, but the same can be said for most of interior Alaska if you do some leg work off the road and explore.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
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