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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 Amphizoa (Amphizoidae) Beetle Larva from Sears Creek in Washington
This is the first of it's family I've seen, collected from a tiny, fishless stream in the Cascades. The three species of this genus all live in the Northwest and are predators that primarily eat stonefly nymphs Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019).
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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Report at a Glance

General RegionNorther Driftless Area
Dates Fished7/27-7/28

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West
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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West on Jul 29, 2012July 29th, 2012, 10:25 pm EDT
My buddy Nate and I had a couple days off work and ventured into spring creek country to do some car camping. Fishing was excellent for mid-summer and we found some genuinely gorgeous water and brown trout. Armed with only our iPhones, we caught a bit of the excursion on tape, and put together our first little video edit. While realizing that we're new at this kind of thing and are using semi-shitty equipment, we still had a ton of fun putting it together over a few beers, cheap red wine, and pipe tobacco.

Hope you enjoy:

https://vimeo.com/46599462
West

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PaulRoberts
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Colorado

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PaulRoberts on Jul 30, 2012July 30th, 2012, 7:11 am EDT
Fun video. Pretty fish. Wonderful water. Love the mist rolling up in that valley stream. Get's my heart going a little faster.
Martinlf
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Jul 31, 2012July 31st, 2012, 4:36 am EDT
I liked it! Neat song too.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Ericd
Mpls, MN

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Ericd on Nov 8, 2012November 8th, 2012, 3:28 pm EST
Thanks for sharing. I love that I can fish the driftless all the time and rarely recognize the streams from folks videos. It keeps me happy.
Jesse
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Jesse on Nov 12, 2012November 12th, 2012, 2:44 pm EST
Cool stuff guys i enjoyed watching it!
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
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