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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 Epeorus albertae (Heptageniidae) (Pink Lady) Mayfly Nymph from the East Fork Issaquah Creek in Washington
This specimen keys to the Epeorus albertae group of species. Of the five species in that group, the two known in Washington state are Epeorus albertae and Epeorus dulciana. Of the two, albertae has been collected in vastly more locations in Washington than dulciana, suggesting it is far more common. On that basis alone I'm tentatively putting this nymph in albertae, with the large caveat that there's no real information to rule out dulciana.
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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Report at a Glance

General RegionThe Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Specific Locationthe yoop
Dates Fished12-7-2012
Time of DayMorning to afternoon
Fish CaughtBrowns & Steelhead
Conditions & HatchesCold and windy. Water temp 37 degrees.

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Escanaba, MI

Posts: 168
Pryal74 on Dec 7, 2012December 7th, 2012, 1:04 pm EST
I fly fished today with a great fly angler John D. We went after lake-run browns and Steelhead. We landed ten total fish. 2 Steelhead and 8 lake-run Brown Trout. All caught on egg and stonefly nymph patterns.

Overall, it was an incredible day!
Portage, PA

Posts: 437
Lastchance on Dec 8, 2012December 8th, 2012, 3:50 am EST
Man, great fish. I'd love to visit you in the Yoop. I have friends that live in Romeo, MI, and even they're still 8 to 11 hours away from Escanaba.

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