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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 Onocosmoecus (Limnephilidae) (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen keys pretty easily to Onocosmoecus, and it closely resembles a specimen from Alaska which caddis expert Dave Ruiter recognized as this genus. As with that specimen, the only species in the genus documented in this area is Onocosmoecus unicolor, but Dave suggested for that specimen that there might be multiple not-yet-distinguished species under the unicolor umbrella and it would be best to stick with the genus-level ID. I'm doing the same for this one.
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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Ecdyonurus criddlei (Heptageniidae) (Little Slate-Winged Dun) Mayfly Nymph from Kintla Lake in Montana
This is an interesting Heptageniid mayfly since in western Montana it is only found in cold lakes, especially those in Glacier National Park.
Jmw975
Guelph, Ontario

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Jmw975 on Dec 11, 2012December 11th, 2012, 3:47 am EST
Hi all,
These specimens are in great shape!

the lower nymph in this photo is definitely not E. criddlei, but E. simplicoides. E. simplicioides has that distinctive color pattern with the pair of rectangular pale markings on tergum 4 and no median markings on the other terga.

The upper specimen is probably E. criddlei, but seems to have more extensive pale markings than specimens from further west.

cheers,
Jeff

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