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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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Softhackle
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Softhackle on Jun 17, 2012June 17th, 2012, 9:42 am EDT


This is me in the Beaverkill taking a trout on the beautiful outfit presented to me by Flymph Forum Members. It was one of two fish I took-the first couple in well over a year.

Mark
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Adirman on Jun 17, 2012June 17th, 2012, 10:37 am EDT
Excellent! hope you had a great time! I assume you used a softhackle to get 'im?

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Oldredbarn on Jun 17, 2012June 17th, 2012, 1:29 pm EDT
Mark,

It looks just like your print! Nice example of life imitating art. :)

Spence
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Crepuscular on Jun 17, 2012June 17th, 2012, 2:42 pm EDT
Mark, that is a beautiful thing!

Eric
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Martinlf on Jun 17, 2012June 17th, 2012, 3:00 pm EDT
Cool photo, Mark. Nice bend in that rod.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Softhackle on Jun 17, 2012June 17th, 2012, 4:38 pm EDT
The fish was taken on a Black Gnat, actually. Looking like this. It might have been taken as a little black caddis which was about at the time:



The rod is perfect for wets.

Mark
"I have the highest respect for the skilled wet-fly fisherman, as he has mastered an art of very great difficulty." Edward R. Hewitt

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PaulRoberts on Jun 18, 2012June 18th, 2012, 4:48 am EDT
Glad to see you're out on the water, Mark.
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Softhackle on Jun 18, 2012June 18th, 2012, 8:03 am EDT
Thanks, Everyone. I began a new chemo regimen on June 12. It's kicking my fanny. Side effects are terrible, but trying to counteract them with various medications. Have been doing a lot of sleeping.

Mark
"I have the highest respect for the skilled wet-fly fisherman, as he has mastered an art of very great difficulty." Edward R. Hewitt

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PaulRoberts on Jun 18, 2012June 18th, 2012, 10:33 am EDT
Hang in there, Mark. A friend of mine recently finished chemo, and it had kicked her butt too. But she's done now and feeling pretty darn good.

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