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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 Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
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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General RegionNW Oregon
Specific LocationUpper Sandy
Dates FishedSt.Patty's
Time of DayBrunch time
Fish CaughtSteelie!!

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Keystoner
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Eugene, OR - formerly Eastern PA

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Keystoner on Mar 28, 2013March 28th, 2013, 8:57 am EDT
I had been working the Sandy off and on all winter, and had really only gotten into one hatchery fish, which was taken at Oxbow Park. At some point, my lack of success, and the bait chucking masses got the better of me and I had a meltdown. I posted my tales of woe to another forum, and came up with an invite from a guy that I had actually met previously to come up and fish the upper river with him. I, of course, graciously accepted.

The morning of, I was a little off. We had been up late the night before drinking and talking Steelhead, so I had a little headache going. There was also a strong upstream wind at the first spot we fished, and I was finding it hard to maintain. Still, I soldiered on, fished the water completely, and then we retired for some breakfast. Dave had already taken one. Feeling a bit better after some steak, eggs, and potatoes, we set out again. The second run he put me on was a dream. Slow green braids twisting around some choicely positioned boulders.

I started casting.

About ten casts in, I got tired of the dumbell eyes I was tossing and traded up in favor of a simple un-weighted Hoh Bo pattern. I resumed casting. About ten swings, and nine steps down later. The line came tight. A second after the fish rolled on top, I heard Dave let out a deep "YEAH!!" from behind me. It was on. The first run was a killer, the fish took out at least 250 feet on me, waaaay into the backing before it finally quit. The rest as they say, is history. This is why I don't mind waiting two or three months between fish.
"Out into the cool of the evening, strolls the Pretender. He knows that all his hopes and dreams, begin and end there." -JB
Entoman
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Northern CA & ID

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Entoman on Mar 28, 2013March 28th, 2013, 2:34 pm EDT
Beautiful wild hen, Matt. Looks like a BC Steelie.... Heavy shouldered, hard, and all chrome! My guess 14 lbs?
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
Keystoner
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Eugene, OR - formerly Eastern PA

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Keystoner on Mar 29, 2013March 29th, 2013, 7:54 pm EDT
Thanks, fellas. Not sure on the weight, Kurt. How does one put a number on, "Oh my god, that's awesome!!"

Headed back up there tomorrow, see if I can swing up some more. It's apparently REALLY hot right now.
"Out into the cool of the evening, strolls the Pretender. He knows that all his hopes and dreams, begin and end there." -JB
Entoman
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Northern CA & ID

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Entoman on Mar 29, 2013March 29th, 2013, 8:29 pm EDT
How does one put a number on, "Oh my god, that's awesome!!"

By saying, "It was at least 14 lbs., maybe bigger!" ;)
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
Entoman
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Northern CA & ID

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Entoman on Mar 29, 2013March 29th, 2013, 8:54 pm EDT
BTW - What do you think of big & wild WC Steelies? Size, genetics, salt water, and a big river to run in... They're a little different aren't they...

Anyway, congrats!

BTW2 - bring a tape with you. If you are honest (which all steelheaders are), length and girth steelhead formulas are very accurate.

BTW3 - another great thing about wild fish is their greater propensity to move up in the water column to take a fly. You may catch less fish swinging unweighted flies but a far greater percentage will be wild. Regardless, you will catch far more electric fish with a fly that swings than by dredging. That suits me just fine...
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman

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