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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 Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
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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Crepuscular on Apr 3, 2012April 3rd, 2012, 6:12 am EDT
OK looking to replace my waterproof point and shoot. My old one, a Pentax Optio W20, was supprising adept at shooting macro. So does anyone have any experience with the new Pentax Opito WG1 or WG-2, or the Nikon AW 100? Specifically with macro performance?
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Entoman on Apr 3, 2012April 3rd, 2012, 9:44 pm EDT
I've heard great things about them, Eric. I think what you lose in image quality to the Canon D10 for general use, you gain in a smaller package and the improved diode lighting for macros of bugs when the natural light is less than perfect. The Canon though has optical stabilization which is a big feature for those times when the critters won't stand still long enough to mount the camera on something. I see you can get a new one online for $250 or thereabouts (WG-1) which is a hundred less than last year.
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Jesse on Apr 3, 2012April 3rd, 2012, 9:54 pm EDT
Olympus waterproof cameras are great man. I have a TG-310 and it takes some great shots!
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Troutnut on Apr 3, 2012April 3rd, 2012, 10:28 pm EDT
I have a Canon D10, which they recently updated with a newer model, the D20 (not to be confused with the old 20D). The D20 looks pretty nice.

Check out the Panasonic Lumix waterproof cameras, too. The Lumix cameras are an excellent product line, though I don't have one of the waterproof ones.
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Crepuscular on Apr 4, 2012April 4th, 2012, 4:57 am EDT
Thanks for your input! It is very helpful! My wife has a canon point and shoot but its macro performance is very weak when compared with my old pentax. I'm not too worried about photos other than macro stuff. I guess I'll have to research those cameras a little more. The led's on the pentax specifically for macro makes that camera intriguing, but the cynic in me thinks that that may just be fluff to cover up lack-luster optics. I didn't want to have the spend the money on a new camera, That money could be spent filling up the Tahoe on a weekend fishing excursion...crazy gas prices :(
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Jesse on Apr 4, 2012April 4th, 2012, 8:01 am EDT
The TG-310 Olympus that i told you i have comes with a macro, super marcro, and super macro LED settings. I am sure the newer one comes with the same setting maybe even better picture. Check her out!
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