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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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This discussion is about Gunnysack Creek.

Gunnysack Creek in Alaska
Gunnysack Creek in Alaska
Gunnysack Creek in Alaska
Gunnysack Creek in Alaska
GldstrmSam
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GldstrmSam on Jul 14, 2012July 14th, 2012, 11:02 pm EDT
I drove past here twice this week and I was reminded of the photos you had on here, and I just wanted to complement you on these great photos.

This was reminder to me that what you see from the beaten path is not always what it really is.

Samuel
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus
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Troutnut on Jul 15, 2012July 15th, 2012, 12:51 am EDT
This was reminder to me that what you see from the beaten path is not always what it really is.


That's very true of all those little creeks you cross on that stretch of the Richardson Highway through the Alaska Range. They all run up beautiful little gorges. In any other state, they'd each be a state park with a big parking lot, a bunch of tourists, and well-maintained trails. Here, people just drive right by them without realizing what's there, and you can have one all to yourself whenever you want.

I don't think there's much fishing in any of them, though. I had some fun gold panning, though I didn't find enough to be worth anything.
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Konchu on Jul 15, 2012July 15th, 2012, 7:55 am EDT
Do those smaller creeks have much diversity in them in terms of bug life?
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Troutnut on Jul 15, 2012July 15th, 2012, 2:15 pm EDT
The diversity in these small mountain streams seems to be pretty low, but I haven't sampled them extensively.
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