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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.

Dorsal view of a Sweltsa (Chloroperlidae) (Sallfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This species was fairly abundant in a February sample of the upper Yakima.
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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West has attached these 6 pictures to this report. The message is below.
My buddy Nate with his wizard pose.
The fruits of my labor.
Just getting ready for my favorite time of summer.

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General RegionWestern/NW Wisconsin
Dates FishedJune/July 2012

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West's profile picture
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Posts: 46
West on Jul 18, 2012July 18th, 2012, 7:06 am EDT
It's been a sweltering summer here for Midwest trout, but I've done my best to not let that keep me from the stream. Here's a little smattering of pictures from my season thus far. Most were taken in Western Wisconsin, with the exception of the rainbow make-out pic.

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Bellevue, WA

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Troutnut on Jul 18, 2012July 18th, 2012, 5:10 pm EDT
Very nice!
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist

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Orn on Jul 20, 2012July 20th, 2012, 4:47 am EDT
I love wisconsin, haven't been in the northwoods since 2008 and can't wait to get back!

P.s. I've never been so jealous of a hooked fish!
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Wiflyfisher on Jul 22, 2012July 22nd, 2012, 5:02 am EDT
West, glad to see you are FF'ing. Excellent!
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Jul 22, 2012July 22nd, 2012, 6:25 am EDT
Yes, lucky rainbow! Great photos overall. West. Aside from the pretty girl (lucky you) I especially liked the berry photo; it reminded me of finding a trove of ripe wineberries one day when I was famished after a long hot day of fishing. Very delicious. Yours look like wild black raspberries, even sweeter.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Jul 23, 2012July 23rd, 2012, 4:18 pm EDT
Nice photos all! Beautiful fishies! I had my class (Field Biology) out this afternoon (in 95 F heat with deer flies no less) and we found some nice sweet red raspberries for a welcome break. Also, notice the classic fly-fishing hat on that fellow in the first photo!

Trout fishing has declined significantly here in northern lower MI with the heat and lack of rainfall. May and June were unbelievable and we're paying for it now. However, [REDACTED] Pond has a spring-fed stream flowing into it, providing a thermal refuge for the brookies (thanks goodness!!!), plus they are all stacked in there right now and seem to be willing to hit about anything, from hoppers to Royal Wulffs. Put a buddy on his very first trout last night and got my biggest brookie ever (photos coming shortly)! So, I at least have one spot left to go...

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
West's profile picture
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Posts: 46
West on Jul 24, 2012July 24th, 2012, 5:43 am EDT
Thanks guys! As I have been more than less obsessed with the sport of fly fishing for about eleven years or so now and am still only 22 years old, I have a long list of places where I'd like to fish and/or live in my life. That being said, Wisconsin will always be my holy water. From the fertile spring creeks of the Driftless to the rugged waters of the north, there are lifetimes of trout water to be explored and the time has long since passed where I would ever take that fact for granted.

My plan now involves an indefinite move out west after college graduation this winter. Due in large part to that fact, I have been cherishing this water now more than ever before.


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