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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 Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
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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Aszat
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Lincolnton,NC

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Aszat on Nov 4, 2012November 4th, 2012, 5:29 am EST
I have fished South Mountains State Park in NC twice this month and the trout are eating a lot of something small. It's probably emergers of one or another but there are a lot of these small pale yellow flies that remind me of a fruit fly. I think they are micro caddis's but I'm not sure. I have grabed them and my best description would be pale yellow, 1 to 2 mm long (.04-.08"), a oblong stout body, with layed down caddis like wings on either side (same pale yellow color) that are twice as long as the body. when they fly they almost apear as small mayflies and fly slow. Any help would be greatly appreciated and especially any patterns to tie. The fish are feeding mainly on the surface but also under water as from time to time. Thank's
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Plano, TX

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Taxon on Nov 4, 2012November 4th, 2012, 9:12 am EST
Hi Aszat-

Welcome to the forum. If they are indeed microcaddis, my guess would be Hydroptila, of which you have at least (15) species in NC.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
Aszat
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Lincolnton,NC

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Aszat on Nov 4, 2012November 4th, 2012, 1:54 pm EST
Thank's Taxon , I'll check out the site and try and get some ideas for a pattern to tie. I'll also try and get a photo next time.

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