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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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Arko
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Arko on Feb 16, 2013February 16th, 2013, 4:34 pm EST
I am looking at a house which is situated above the lower Rondout Sream in High Falls, NY. Can anyone tell me if this portion of the Rondout is known to have a trout population?
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Wbranch on Feb 16, 2013February 16th, 2013, 5:10 pm EST
I don't have first hand knowledge but I do fish in the Catskills and typically most every headwater stream still has wild native brook trout and going further downstream you will likely encounter wild and possibly stocked brwon trout. This link should give you alot of information.

http://www.catskillstreams.org/pdfs/rondoutsmp_summary.pdf
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Troutnut on Feb 17, 2013February 17th, 2013, 9:47 pm EST
I don't know for sure, but I kind of doubt it. Rondout Creek is supposed to be a trout stream upstream from the reservoir, and I have some pictures of it here:

http://www.troutnut.com/trout-fly-fishing-stream/31/Rondout-Creek-New_York-pictures

I fished it once, not very hard (about half an hour in a high traffic area, I didn't have much time to explore), and I saw no sign of trout. But the books say they're there.

I don't remember what the books say about the river downstream from the reservoir, but I would guess that far down there probably aren't many trout. That's just a guess, though. Maybe check with the DEC or a local fly shop for better advice.
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Wbranch on Feb 18, 2013February 18th, 2013, 4:17 am EST
Well after looking at those beautiful pictures you'd think for sure it had native brook trout in it. Was that public land or had you asked permission to fish it?
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Troutnut on Feb 18, 2013February 18th, 2013, 4:21 pm EST
I think there was a public campground next to that spot, if I recall. It was a while ago and I wasn't there for very long.
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