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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 Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to tentatively key to Holocentropus, although I can't make out the anal spines in Couplet 7 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae nor the dark bands in Couplet 4 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae, making me wonder if I went wrong somewhere in keying it out. I don't see where that could have happened, though. It might also be that it's a very immature larva and doesn't possess all the identifying characteristics in the key yet. If Holocentropus is correct, then Holocentropus flavus and Holocentropus interruptus are the two likely possibilities based on range, but I was not able to find a description of their larvae.
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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Orn on Oct 15, 2012October 15th, 2012, 4:04 pm EDT
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Jmd123 on Oct 15, 2012October 15th, 2012, 6:37 pm EDT
Congrats on having your best season ever! I too had my best season ever (there is still a bit of trout fishing to be had on our extended season waters), although my fish were nowhere as big as yours. However, I am not in Iceland fishing in rivers that reach the sea with the obviously fantastic fish runs that come with them. My home waters are small and not too heavily fished - well, some aren't but some are hit pretty hard by worm dunkers, though that doesn't make the fly fishing any harder when they're not being educated by fellow fly flingers! In any case, you scale the fish to the waters you fish, and I had a lot of fun with fish that weren't large in comparison to yours or others on here but from the skinny waters I pulled them from, they looked pretty big! So, with much smaller fish I still share your joy!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Jmd123 on Oct 15, 2012October 15th, 2012, 6:40 pm EDT
OK, maybe that wasn't your best season EVER having reread your post, but hey, still looks like a hell of a lot of good fishing and good fun! I too set several personal records, and that's what made my season so good!

Jonathon
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Kschaefer3 on Oct 16, 2012October 16th, 2012, 5:25 am EDT
Orn - Is the river you fish private? You make mention of "another fisherman that got permission to fish in my river". I'm even more jealous if you are fishing private waters.
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Kschaefer3 on Oct 16, 2012October 16th, 2012, 7:35 am EDT
Wow! That is unbelievable! No wonder the fish are so big, untouched for 100 years. Many people would kill for that...literally. How much land do you have? Or better, how many miles of river? And are all waterways in Iceland private? Water rights laws have always interested me.
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Jmd123 on Oct 16, 2012October 16th, 2012, 8:21 am EDT
Ah ha, the truth comes out - you DO catch small fish too! Just photographing and showing off the big ones...I'm sure that's true of us all. You've gotta get through a lot of little guys to get a few big ones and maybe one REALLy big one. One of the small local streams that I fish gave up a 14" rainbow for me this past June, and he could have eaten many of the other fish I catch there! Though, this river also produces 11" brookies which is not too shabby either, and I'm told even occasional lake-run fish. But that rainbow looked like a leviathon, especially since this stream isn't even two rod-widths wide (and I use a 7 1/2' 3-weight on it)! And how fortunate that you are able to fish on your very own stream!! Obviously you are taking very good care of it and even establishing "personal relations" with individual fish! You Sir are a lucky man!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Jmd123 on Oct 16, 2012October 16th, 2012, 2:10 pm EDT
"...fish smaller than 12" don't get a mention in my fishing diary(they would ruin the average and statistics)."

Aaaah, the old trick - withhold data so as to skew your stats... ;oD

Jonathon

P.S. I count ALL of them, even the ones barely longer than my middle finger...so long as they're actually trout!

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Adirman on Oct 17, 2012October 17th, 2012, 12:37 pm EDT
Orn;

That is SO awesome that you have your own private water to fish! Always enjoy your pics and lookin forward to your video!

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Jmd123 on Oct 17, 2012October 17th, 2012, 12:37 pm EDT
Understood. My local small stream swarms with the little guys too, maybe not as many as in your larger river but they can get pretty annoying. Let me ask you this - can you tell how big the fish is if it's rising? I have had a LOT of instances this season (and previous ones) of large fish fooling me with little sipping rises and even hits, thinking, "Oh, another little guy", then the hook gets set and "Uh-oh, maybe not so little!" I have come up with a saying which encourages me to take a shot any any rising fish I see:

"You cannot trust the size of the rise."

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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