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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 Onocosmoecus (Limnephilidae) (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen keys pretty easily to Onocosmoecus, and it closely resembles a specimen from Alaska which caddis expert Dave Ruiter recognized as this genus. As with that specimen, the only species in the genus documented in this area is Onocosmoecus unicolor, but Dave suggested for that specimen that there might be multiple not-yet-distinguished species under the unicolor umbrella and it would be best to stick with the genus-level ID. I'm doing the same for this one.
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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Fish of the trip

Report at a Glance

General RegionNew York and Pennsylvania
Specific LocationCatskills
Dates FishedMay 6-8
Time of DayAfternoon
Fish CaughtBrowns and Rainbows
Conditions & HatchesShowers and some wind. sulphurs, tan caddis, march browns, apple caddis, hendricksons.

Details and Discussion

Martinlf
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on May 12, 2012May 12th, 2012, 7:09 am EDT

Here's a photo of a brown caught on this trip. The weather was fickle, but when conditions allowed, fish were up and eating. This fish took a sulphur.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Orn
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Orn on May 12, 2012May 12th, 2012, 8:14 am EDT
That's a wonderful brownie! Good job!
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Jmd123
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Jmd123 on May 12, 2012May 12th, 2012, 9:49 am EDT
That's a big one Louis! Especially on a little dry fly. I know there's fish like that around here, but it might be the middle of the night in summer with big streamers...I did hook and lose one like that years ago, took off on me and wrapped me under a log, that took a Hendrickson dry about this time of year too.

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
PaulRoberts
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PaulRoberts on May 12, 2012May 12th, 2012, 10:39 am EDT
Gorgeous fish. Cool shot.
Wiflyfisher
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Wiflyfisher on May 12, 2012May 12th, 2012, 12:23 pm EDT
Awesome fish!! Now that looks like one of those Big D fish I remember seeing but rarely seeing anyone land at the Junction.
Wbranch
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Wbranch on May 12, 2012May 12th, 2012, 4:15 pm EDT
Hey Louis when I grow up I want to catch a fish like that! Nice going!
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Martinlf
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Martinlf on May 12, 2012May 12th, 2012, 4:56 pm EDT
Hey Matt, thanks, but that's just one to your hundreds of fish like that. When I grow up, I want to spend more time on that river. You know the one.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Wbranch
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Wbranch on May 12, 2012May 12th, 2012, 5:23 pm EDT
Louis,

Yes, I know the one. I had a great day on Wednesday with our friend. He landed two good fish, one 17" and the other 18" and he had a bunch of other opportunities.

I've been fortunate to have fished that water for over four decades and have had ample time to learn pretty much where the best lies are, and big fish, like to hang out. Couple that with having good patterns and being able to fish during the week enables me a huge advantage over guys like yourself who are often limited to fishing long weekends.

Hopefully I'll still be around when you retire and we can go out together and get those big browns!
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Jmd123
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on May 12, 2012May 12th, 2012, 6:11 pm EDT
"I've been fortunate to have fished that water for over four decades and have had ample time to learn pretty much where the best lies are, and big fish, like to hang out."

I'm sure that helps! I never seem to be able to live ANYWHERE long enough to learn that. Although, now I am not too far away (one hour drive) from the Rifle River which I fished for four seasons ('98-'01) and am getting to know all over again. With some luck, I'll be able to figure out where the big bruisers live and what it takes to catch them like Matt. And I've got a ways to go before I retire!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Oldredbarn
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Oldredbarn on May 12, 2012May 12th, 2012, 9:31 pm EDT
Louis,

So that's what you look like brother! It's good to finally put a face with a name from this site...It took such a nice trout to get you to take a bow! Lovely fish there mister...:) The bigger the fish on the smaller the fly the broader the smile...

I'm heading north at the end of next week for ten days...I've been wrapping flies to cover E invaria and E dorothea...among others of the familiar suspects from this time of year...I have been playing with the "new" stuff all winter, but have been filling the holes in the boxes of the tried and trues over the last couple weeks...When you finish a fly that you have caught so many fish on in the past a man can get excited in a way only another angler would understand. :)

Thanks for the encouragement!

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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Troutnut on May 12, 2012May 12th, 2012, 9:44 pm EDT
Beautiful fish! Quite the use of perspective, too -- makes a really nice fish (I'm guessing 23"?) look like a world record until I realize it also makes your hand look bigger than your head. :)
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
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Entoman
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Entoman on May 12, 2012May 12th, 2012, 9:50 pm EDT
Here's a photo of a brown caught on this trip.

Like the Batman or Phantom of the Opera, we know who did the deed (by indirect confession), but we can't be sure of who's actually in the photo! Hell of a fish you caught there Louis, but who's actually holding it for the photo? A boat mate perhaps? Ah, the subtlety of the English language. Me thinks there's a possibility that the actual physical appearance of Martinlf is still safely ensconced in the imaginations of all Troutnuts... :)

Beautiful fish! Quite the use of perspective, too -- makes a really nice fish (I'm guessing 23"?) look like a world record until I realize it also makes your hand look bigger than your head. :)

A pox upon you, Jason! We never mention such things unless it's a response to the bold post of a newbie in need of a proper sense of the pecking order! :) LOL
"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
Oldredbarn
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Oldredbarn on May 12, 2012May 12th, 2012, 10:28 pm EDT
Jason & Kurt...I should show you sometime the photo of that fish in my profile picture I took of my guide friend holding it...Can you spell Moby Dick...:) He wanted to give it a "guides-measure" but I put an end to it at an honest 20.5"...Give or take ;).

We are just teasing you Louis...Kurt Photo-Shopped in his steelie in his profile pic...:) Don't tell anyone...

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
Entoman
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Entoman on May 12, 2012May 12th, 2012, 10:53 pm EDT
You are double poxed, Spence... :)
"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
Wiflyfisher
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Wiflyfisher on May 13, 2012May 13th, 2012, 3:27 am EDT
Now that you mentioned it Spence, the fish in your profile picture does look kind of puny compared to Kurts, Orn, Wbranch. That is why I use a large variant in mine.
Lastchance
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Lastchance on May 13, 2012May 13th, 2012, 5:51 am EDT
Great fish, Louis.
FisherOfMen
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FisherOfMen on May 13, 2012May 13th, 2012, 6:00 am EDT
Me too, Matt. Me too. :)
"Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught." -Author Unknown

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. -Edmund Burke
Martinlf
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Martinlf on May 13, 2012May 13th, 2012, 6:19 am EDT
Yes, the perspective in the photo has been manipulated a bit, but it wasn't my doing. My photographer gave me very explicit directions which I innocently followed, being, as some have noted, a bit camera shy. As for the actual size of the fish . . . I'll have to leave that up to your imaginations. :)
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Oldredbarn
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Oldredbarn on May 13, 2012May 13th, 2012, 8:25 am EDT
As for the actual size of the fish . . . I'll have to leave that up to your imaginations. :)


And Louis that is as it should be...:)

Back it 1995 I shared a float with a professor from Sacramento on the Madison and I caught a 23.5" Brown...He being a history professor measured the fish and proclaimed, "This fish will from here-on-in be known to be 23.5" and so it will be written from here in perpetuity..." After that it was impossible to smudge that extra half inch so I could call it a two-footer...Damn him! :)

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
Jmd123
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Jmd123 on May 13, 2012May 13th, 2012, 9:52 am EDT
Spence, that's the fly-fishing version of "keepin' it real"...

I have been seeing a lot of little brown caddis, #14-16, on my local streams lately, so you might want to make sure you have a few in your box for your upcoming trip. And yes, fish have been hitting imitations quite well. And the old secret weapon #10 Royal Wulff has come in handy a few times as well...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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