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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 Psychodidae True Fly Larva from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This wild-looking little thing completely puzzled me. At first I was thinking beetle or month larva, until I got a look at the pictures on the computer screen. I made a couple of incorrect guesses before entomologist Greg Courtney pointed me in the right direction with Psychodidae. He suggested a possible genus of Thornburghiella, but could not rule out some other members of the tribe Pericomini.
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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WestCO
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Palisade, CO

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WestCO on Aug 20, 2012August 20th, 2012, 7:45 pm EDT
I've never been so proud of him. We're sitting there Clint Eastwood style and he starts growing and barking. There's nothing going on across the street in the peach orchard, no animals running around, and then I look and he's staring at a small spinner fall that had started by the road. He glared at it for a good 10 minutes without flinching. It appears that he's taken something away from our river trips. My dog is officially a hatch hunter.
...but fishermen I have noticed, they don't care if I'm rich or poor, wearing robes or waders, all they care about is the fish, the river, and the game we play. For fishermen, the only virtues are patience, tolerance, and humility. I like this.
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Northern CA & ID

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Entoman on Aug 20, 2012August 20th, 2012, 9:08 pm EDT
Now that, in the vernaculer used by youngest son is, "Way cool!" :)
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
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Colorado

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PaulRoberts on Aug 20, 2012August 20th, 2012, 9:18 pm EDT
There are pointing Labs, you know. Something to work on :) .
Feathers5
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Feathers5 on Aug 21, 2012August 21st, 2012, 5:11 am EDT
I have to agree, that is way, way, wat cool.
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WestCO
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WestCO on Aug 21, 2012August 21st, 2012, 4:27 pm EDT
There are pointing Labs, you know. Something to work on :) .


I know! I've been going about this all wrong. He's great in a duck blind but awful in the field. Perhaps identifying hatches is the talent I've been ignoring haha. I was honestly mind blown though. I was waiting for him to bolt into the orchard after a fox and then he just sat there and watched bugs make babies. Pretty cool haha.
...but fishermen I have noticed, they don't care if I'm rich or poor, wearing robes or waders, all they care about is the fish, the river, and the game we play. For fishermen, the only virtues are patience, tolerance, and humility. I like this.
PaulRoberts
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PaulRoberts on Aug 22, 2012August 22nd, 2012, 7:14 am EDT
Sounds like you two are great partners. I miss my Lab.

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