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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 Male Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This dun emerged from a mature nymph on my desk. Unfortunately its wings didn't perfectly dry out.
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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A pretty brown from May 09.
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Wbranch on May 13, 2012May 13th, 2012, 9:15 am EDT
These are both May browns and both pictures were taken by Tony, but the first one is 2011 and the second was caught last week. I thought of trying to pull ur legs by saying I shaved the goatee off but you all know I never tell a lie.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Jmd123 on May 13, 2012May 13th, 2012, 9:46 am EDT
"...but you all know I never tell a lie."

So long as you have the pictures to prove it Matt!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Martinlf on May 13, 2012May 13th, 2012, 11:55 am EDT
Beautiful fish, Matt. The black spotted variety of brown is something we don't see a lot of in local streams. I've been told that they are either Loch Levan or Seforellen strains.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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JOHNW on May 13, 2012May 13th, 2012, 12:47 pm EDT
Beautiful fish Matt!!
Glad to see you have sufficient water for the boat to be of use.
Hopefully we return to more typical rainfall patterns and keep a decent head of cold water thru the summer months.
JW
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Wbranch on May 13, 2012May 13th, 2012, 1:48 pm EDT
"The black spotted variety of brown is something we don't see a lot of in local streams"

I have honed my skills to such a high level that I can target the less common black spotted variety and leave those garishly colored showboats to lesser anglers :)
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Jmd123 on May 13, 2012May 13th, 2012, 2:53 pm EDT
Okay Matt, now you're pushing it...

;oD

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Jesse on May 13, 2012May 13th, 2012, 4:38 pm EDT
Got to love it my man good work. I hope there is plenty more where those came from!
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Oldredbarn on May 13, 2012May 13th, 2012, 7:37 pm EDT
Okay Matt, now you're pushing it...

;oD

Jonathon


Funny Jonathon! I think Matt is just seeing if we are paying attention...;) I just wish I could of been a fly in that boat...Tony & Matt...Whoa!!! Them trout didn't have a chance...:)

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

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Jmd123 on May 13, 2012May 13th, 2012, 8:08 pm EDT
Nor would we have, perhaps - the ultimate clash of fishing egos!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Gutcutter on May 15, 2012May 15th, 2012, 4:36 am EDT
I can target the less common black spotted variety and leave those garishly colored showboats to lesser anglers

Uh, that would be me...
All men who fish may in turn be divided into two parts: those who fish for trout and those who don't. Trout fishermen are a race apart: they are a dedicated crew- indolent, improvident, and quietly mad.

-Robert Traver, Trout Madness

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