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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 Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing 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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Stanislav has attached these 5 pictures to this report. The message is below.
The river
The rainbow trout
The brown trout
Me and my friend Chepeto

Report at a Glance

General RegionBulgaria
Specific LocationZlatna Panega
Dates Fishedthis year
Fish Caughtrainbow and brown trout
Conditions & Hatches Hot, sunny day at about 18 degrees on C. Hatches: Caddisflies and BWO`s, and that mayfly that I ask you about

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Stanislav on Apr 30, 2007April 30th, 2007, 7:47 am EDT
Thats a foto report from my last fishing on our best chalk stream Zlatna Panega. I cought this beautiful brownie on caddis nymph. We cought some rainbows on dry flies like CDC BWO and Wikham`s Fancy.

I hope you`ll enjoy the pictures!
The life is too short to fish a bad fly
Schuylkill County, PA.

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Quillgordon on Apr 30, 2007April 30th, 2007, 8:33 am EDT
Excellent....... thank you!
Caddis and Bwo's............... two of my favorite.
I'm tying some caddis patterns now!

Flyfishing is a state of mind! .............. Q.g.

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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Apr 30, 2007April 30th, 2007, 10:23 am EDT
Stan, love the photos. What beautiful fish!!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Bellevue, WA

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Troutnut on May 2, 2007May 2nd, 2007, 10:51 am EDT
Good report! Those are some beautiful fish.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist

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