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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 Epeorus albertae (Heptageniidae) (Pink Lady) Mayfly Nymph from the East Fork Issaquah Creek in Washington
This specimen keys to the Epeorus albertae group of species. Of the five species in that group, the two known in Washington state are Epeorus albertae and Epeorus dulciana. Of the two, albertae has been collected in vastly more locations in Washington than dulciana, suggesting it is far more common. On that basis alone I'm tentatively putting this nymph in albertae, with the large caveat that there's no real information to rule out dulciana.
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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Crepuscular
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Crepuscular on May 2, 2013May 2nd, 2013, 4:39 am EDT
Siphloplecton basale the spinners that "never fall"



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Oldredbarn on May 2, 2013May 2nd, 2013, 6:29 am EDT
Eric,

You didn't show me that 2nd pic there...the so-called Great Speckled Olive, but where's the olive? The Pseudo-Gray Drake...I told you that the local Grayling Boys (read Tim Neal here :), once they see this one, its hard to get them to tie something on smaller than a size 10, for the rest of the season! :)

Maybe Tim will add something here, but they have a rep for being showy in the mating swarm but not falling en masse. We all know that they have to come down, these bugs don't have the stored energy to fly around, and not get it done...The fish have only one problem with them, letting them float by unmolested. ;)

Seeing one coming downstream, early in the season, can get your heart pounding! At first you are not sure your eyes aren't playing tricks on you.

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

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Feathers5
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Feathers5 on May 2, 2013May 2nd, 2013, 6:46 am EDT
C'Mon, real men nymph.
Crepuscular
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Crepuscular on May 2, 2013May 2nd, 2013, 7:04 am EDT
The fish have only one problem with them, letting them float by unmolested. ;)

many times they don't even have to be on the water for the fish to try and eat them, they leap into the air to try and catch one. They must taste much better than chicken.
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PaulRoberts on May 2, 2013May 2nd, 2013, 7:05 am EDT
Very nice, Eric. Pin-up quality.
Crepuscular
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Crepuscular on May 2, 2013May 2nd, 2013, 7:09 am EDT
Very nice, Eric. Pin-up quality.

Thanks Paul, but I'm thinking I should get models with only two legs...
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Feathers5 on May 2, 2013May 2nd, 2013, 7:24 am EDT
Eric,

You didn't show me that 2nd pic there...the so-called Great Speckled Olive, but where's the olive? The Pseudo-Gray Drake...I told you that the local Grayling Boys (read Tim Neal here :), once they see this one, its hard to get them to tie something on smaller than a size 10, for the rest of the season! :)

Maybe Tim will add something here, but they have a rep for being showy in the mating swarm but not falling en masse. We all know that they have to come down, these bugs don't have the stored energy to fly around, and not get it done...The fish have only one problem with them, letting them float by unmolested. ;)

Seeing one coming downstream, early in the season, can get your heart pounding! At first you are not sure your eyes aren't playing tricks on you.

Great pics, BTW!!!




Spence, real men nymph.
Bruce
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Jmd123 on May 2, 2013May 2nd, 2013, 7:39 am EDT
You guys are making me envious...I'm not seeing hardly any flies on my local waters yet! Not even Hendricksons or Early Brown Stones...

Jonathon

P.S. Beautiful photos!

P.P.S. "Real men nymph." Guess I'm not a real man, then. My nymphs just all seems to hang up on the bottom, so I don't...nymph, that is...
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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