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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 Setvena wahkeena (Perlodidae) (Wahkeena Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
As far as I can tell, this species has only previously been reported from one site in Oregon along the Columbia gorge. However, the key characteristics are fairly unmistakable in all except for one minor detail:
— 4 small yellow spots on frons visible in photos
— Narrow occipital spinule row curves forward (but doesn’t quite meet on stem of ecdysial suture, as it's supposed to in this species)
— Short spinules on anterior margin of front legs
— Short rposterior row of blunt spinules on abdominal tergae, rather than elongated spinules dorsally
I caught several of these mature nymphs in the fishless, tiny headwaters of a creek high in the Wenatchee Mountains.
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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Youngfish
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Manistique, MI

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Youngfish on Apr 26, 2012April 26th, 2012, 6:48 am EDT
Well this winter/spring I landed some of my biggest lake run browns of my life! I landed a pair of 14lbers this year, and many others smaller ones. Rock worm nymph took on of the 14lbers, and a streamer took the other. Here are a few pic. Anyone else have any luck with these big browns?
Kyle McClelland
Manistique, MI
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Apr 26, 2012April 26th, 2012, 9:36 am EDT
Wow, you had an absolutely fantastic season fof brown trout! I'm very impressed and maybe a little jealous too! You are really doing great for a young guy. Did you learn to fly fish from your Dad or one of his friends or have you just gotten interested in it and picked it up yourself.

Mine telling me what river you have been fishing? If you want to keep it off the Internet you could send me a private message.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Youngfish
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Manistique, MI

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Youngfish on Apr 26, 2012April 26th, 2012, 10:40 am EDT
Thanks!! I learned to fly fish on my own. I did a lot of research on the internet, watched a lot of videos, spent tons of hours on the water, and got a lot of help from other fishermen. It has been a blast and I won't ever go back to anything else!
Kyle McClelland
Manistique, MI
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Apr 26, 2012April 26th, 2012, 6:01 pm EDT
Well done, young man! It's terrific seeing young anglers taking up the sport and showing up some of us "old farts" ;oD

Nice looking fish!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Msmith14 on Apr 27, 2012April 27th, 2012, 5:04 pm EDT
Its nice to see im not the only young kid on the forum who loves lake run browns and steelhead as much as I do as you can see in my post "a end to steelheading". I also taught myself to fly fish and this is my first year really getting into it. Nice fish and good luck on the water.
Youngfish
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Manistique, MI

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Youngfish on Apr 27, 2012April 27th, 2012, 7:15 pm EDT
Thanks! Yeah, for sure! Good luck to you as well!
Kyle McClelland
Manistique, MI
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