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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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Jesse has attached these 11 pictures. The message is below.
SKWALA TIME!
This big female just broke the scale at mere cm's below 25 inches, the largest brown of the semester so far...so far ;)
Ole girl underwater, free..
Rock Creek battling the elements!
My main man came up to Montana for his spring break so i had to get him on some fish.
But i also had to get on some fish that day.  This guy was close 25' also.
Spring is coming.
Skwala rock climbing.
Great pool on a small spring creek.  Caught two fish from in front of this log.  Both were hours apart because each one managed to wrap itself up so i had to go in and stir up the pod..
Rainbows of the spring, damn breath taking!
Wonder where he ended up..?
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Jesse on Apr 15, 2012April 15th, 2012, 5:29 pm EDT
Here are just a few pictures ive taken over the last couple of weeks. Due to high water here the fishing has been tough, but none the less im still managing to find a few; some trophies even. I hope you guys enjoy these pictures as much as i do, for my time in the west is running short. Tight lines my friends.
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
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PaulRoberts on Apr 15, 2012April 15th, 2012, 6:16 pm EDT
Wonderful images. Great life, ain't it?!

Hey, I think your girl...is a boy.
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Entoman on Apr 15, 2012April 15th, 2012, 7:33 pm EDT
Great photo's, Jess!
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
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Feathers5 on Apr 16, 2012April 16th, 2012, 4:31 am EDT
Thanks again, Jesse.
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Oldredbarn on Apr 16, 2012April 16th, 2012, 5:47 am EDT
Jess,

I'm in Florida, just north of Tampa, at a folding card table drinking my morning tea. Here for close of my late mother-in-law's condo. We sold out all the furniture yesterday. They left us with only a mattress and box springs on the floor. :)

Just had a wood stork fly over...a "life bird" for me.

It was a nice relief to view your pics this morning! Helped a bit to lighten up this somber day for me.

I must say that I doubt I'll ever get used to typing on my new iPhone. :) I understand the need for the shorthand the more adept use. LOL!

Thanks again Jess!

Spence


"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
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Jesse on Apr 16, 2012April 16th, 2012, 6:50 am EDT
Your absolutely welcome Spence, and keep the head towards the sun and the back towards the breeze. I think it goes without question that you deserve a thanks from anybody that has ever visited this site. My best dear friend.
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
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PaulRoberts on Apr 16, 2012April 16th, 2012, 8:44 am EDT
Spence, that is some epic typing for a smart phone. I tend to produce short unintelligible strings of letters thumb typing on my BB. You get the Tolstoy award back.
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Jmd123 on Apr 16, 2012April 16th, 2012, 11:16 am EDT
So Spence, any fly-fishing in that area?

Fabulous photos, Jesse! Some of those fish (not the first one!) look a little lean from winter - how did they fight? Again, well done.

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Shanti on Apr 16, 2012April 16th, 2012, 11:31 am EDT
Great photos, Jesse!

Montana, cant wait. Wish it was september!
Baetis are beginning to show up around my rivers here, sun is warming things up.
Somewhere, right now, a fish is rising.
And you´re at the computer..
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Jesse on Apr 17, 2012April 17th, 2012, 3:54 pm EDT
The second fish (the big brown where i have my hood on) was not only a post spawn, but he was oooold and battle scarred. His age definitely showed in the fight. The first big girl was an epic battle. She broke me off the week before due to the 'end of day' sloppiness. But when she hit, just freaking surged like you couldn't believe. Headed straight for the undercut leaving me with the decision to tension up and snap her off, or have her snap me off in the bank. I chose to keep the tension coming and right as i thought she was about to break me, her head turned slightly toward me. It was great. But yes, a lot of the fish right now are recovering and getting amped back up from the spawn. With all the bug activity now though, it's not taking to long ha.

Joakim - thats good to hear brother bugs are always a good thing. Tight lines to you brother!
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
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Jmd123 on Apr 18, 2012April 18th, 2012, 9:07 am EDT
We have had a few bugs showing up around here too. On my recent trips to the Rifle I have seen some kind of smaller brown stonefly (a size 12-14 for imitation with an Elkhair Caddis) and a few random mayflies, most of which looked like Red Quills to me. Last Friday some fish were rising to them as well, and I missed three hits on the dry fly I described above.

Looks like you have plenty of bugs out your way, Jesse. I bet that big girl gave you a tussle! I do most of my fishing these days with a 7.5' 3-weight, which makes just about everything fight hard!

Jonathon

P.S. I like the photo of the little pool under the logs - my kind of waters, perfect for the 3-weight!
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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