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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 Kogotus (Perlodidae) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
This one pretty clearly keys to Kogotus, but it also looks fairly different from specimens I caught in the same creek about a month later in the year. With only one species of the genus known in Washington, I'm not sure about the answer to this ID.
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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Oldredbarn has attached these 3 pictures. The message is below.
You ever heard the saying, "I wish I was a fly on the wall"? Well I was. :)
Oh...and Ed Engle...:)
The big fish these five guys have hassled is incredible...That's Alex squat down in front talking with AK...Alex is a guide friend of mine I have known since he was a young man from up on the Au Sable...He's tan because he is fresh from guiding in Arkansas...He sent me pics of 11lb Browns caught at midnight on white bellied-mice patterns...Back there, talking with Ed Engle, is another friend Charlie...He is a wonderful tier and night fisherman second to none...
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Oldredbarn on Mar 10, 2013March 10th, 2013, 6:08 pm EDT
I got to shadow AK Best this past weekend at the Midwest Fly Fishing Show...A show the Michigan Fly Fishing Club puts on. Bob Clouser sat down with us and the two friends got to talking...Guess what...Fishing...My head is still spinning! :)

I had a wonderful time.
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
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Lastchance on Mar 10, 2013March 10th, 2013, 6:16 pm EDT
Good for you. I've met both of them at the show in Somerset, N.J. and they are both very engaging. A.K. gave me a March Brown Nymph he tied during a demonstration. I also attended one of his presentations. He was a very down to earth, humble guy.
Bruce
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PaulRoberts on Mar 11, 2013March 11th, 2013, 8:35 am EDT
Ed Engle and AK live somewhere near me, along with Gierach, but I've yet to meet them. Then again it would have to be onstream and none of us would do more than skulk away mumbling something about "elbow room".
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Jmd123 on Mar 11, 2013March 11th, 2013, 8:43 am EDT
Only a month and a half to go Spence, not counting extended-season waters...are you tying like a madman? Looks like a fun show! Always fun to be with some of the big names in a hobby, like when I got to meet some famous amateurs and professional telescope/eyepiece makers at the Texas Star Party many years ago...

Got your first trip planned to the Au Sable Holy Waters yet? I'm thinking about the Rifle and maybe even some steelhead fishing on the lower Au Sable behind my place. It's warm and raining right now, melting the snow and raising the rivers...Spring is coming!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Oldredbarn on Mar 11, 2013March 11th, 2013, 1:07 pm EDT
Ed Engle and AK live somewhere near me, along with Gierach, but I've yet to meet them. Then again it would have to be onstream and none of us would do more than skulk away mumbling something about "elbow room".


Paul...You know that would be true! :) Everyone is warm and cozy at the show, around the vice, or at the end of the bar...but if I see you coming I'll more than likely duck in to the woods...That is if I don't know its you, sir.

Jonathon...Yes & yes. :) I have two weeks in Montana in August to boot...I'm pouring cold water on the vice.

Actually these guys are wonderful and share quite a bit...very laid back guys...AK had a wonderful career as a music instructor and a real life outside of the one we inhabit...He was really successful again with the fly tying books etc. One of these days I may discuss his fishing with Cal Gates, who was also a high school music teacher. A K lived up in Alpena for several years and the two music instrutors fished together then on the Au Sable.

Good stuff! You put us "old-school" guys together and it can get pretty deep. :)

Spence
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood

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