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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 Kogotus (Perlodidae) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
This one pretty clearly keys to Kogotus, but it also looks fairly different from specimens I caught in the same creek about a month later in the year. With only one species of the genus known in Washington, I'm not sure about the answer to this ID.
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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Oldredbarn on Oct 9, 2012October 9th, 2012, 10:12 am EDT
We are just about to head in to the cooler, fly tying months, and I will have a busier than normal time of it since I'm heading toward West Yellowstone next August. I am sending a "shout out" to those of you that have spent some time out that way and may have some suggestions concerning what bugs may be about and what patterns you like to use there...

I know that the waters there are varied and that flies that you need to float on the Madison river may not be needed on some of the calmer rivers. As some of you know, I lean pretty heavily toward dries, but when the fish don't feed, I don't head home :), and have been known to fish nymphs and tap them on the nose with Michigan Big Uglies...:) Only to get their attention of course. :)

Also, I have fished out that way before and have a pretty good idea of what has worked for me in the past, but I'm curious as to what you all may think. This will be my first trip back since 2004 when I fished Nelson's, took a horse trip up to the Third Meadow of Slough Creek, and finished up that stay for a couple days at the Harriman Ranch area.

If you want to share any thing you consider "private" just PM me and it will remain so. Promise!

I'm looking forward to your ideas and hope to hear from Tony and Matt since they were in Montana this past year. Matt has visited the place for quite sometime, but I don't want to date him. :) There used to be a Dylan tune, "I forgot more than you'll ever know about her." which might apply to the info floating aound in Matt's brain about "out west" compared to us that only get to go once in a while.

"The last best place" as they used to say. :) I'm geeked!


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