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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 Zapada cinctipes (Nemouridae) (Tiny Winter Black) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Nymphs of this species were fairly common in late-winter kick net samples from the upper Yakima River. Although I could not find a key to species of Zapada nymphs, a revision of the Nemouridae family by Baumann (1975) includes the following helpful sentence: "2 cervical gills on each side of midline, 1 arising inside and 1 outside of lateral cervical sclerites, usually single and elongate, sometimes constricted but with 3 or 4 branches arising beyond gill base in Zapada cinctipes." This specimen clearly has the branches and is within the range of that species.
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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Martinlf
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Martinlf on Jan 8, 2013January 8th, 2013, 3:29 pm EST
Matt,

Will you be fishing the Tully anytime soon? Anyone else? I hope to get over in the next few weeks to see what the midges are doing.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Wbranch on Jan 8, 2013January 8th, 2013, 6:15 pm EST
Hello Louis,

Was tying flies all night and just went to look at the forum. I''m considering going to the Tully yomorrow or Thursday. No need to leave early. Want it to warm up a bit. You can text me if ur interested in meeting me there.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Martinlf on Jan 9, 2013January 9th, 2013, 2:46 am EST
Matt, I'll use email. Unfortunately, I don't text . . . my daughters are threatening to teach me, though. It looks like I won't be free until next week, but there are some warmer days predicted for then.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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