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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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St. Paul, MN

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Kschaefer3 on Oct 10, 2012October 10th, 2012, 1:05 pm EDT
It's been a long week at work! I'm sure every one of you can relate. To make matters worse, I didn't fish last weekend. So...I am taking a weekend trip to the Bois Brule in search of some steelhead. I have fished this river quite a few times for chrome, but have come up empty. I am hoping for rain this week into weekend. And hopefully the cold weather will have them active. I just want a fish!

Have any of you been up there recently? Or heard any recent reports? My plan at this point is be to the river before sun up and mix it up between fast and slow water until I (hopefully) find fish.

I can't wait. Nothing like the beauty of that river and a couple nights sleep in a car to clear your mind after a long week at work.

Tight lines,


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