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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 Pycnopsyche guttifera (Limnephilidae) (Great Autumn Brown Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen appears to be of the same species as this one collected in the same spot two months earlier. The identification of both is tentative. This one suffered some physical damage before being photographed, too, so the colors aren't totally natural. I was mostly photographing it to test out some new camera setting idea, which worked really well for a couple of closeups.
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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Hawkins TX

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FFTX on May 6, 2013May 6th, 2013, 3:50 pm EDT
Hey folks I am an avid fly fisherman I love the bluegill and panfish in the lakes around here but have recently stepped up to the trout plate in Oklahoma on the lower Mtn. Fork river. This past weekend I witnessed trout surfacing on emergers that are hatching right now. This is all well and good but I have used a double nymph rig the whole day and switched over to an emerger pattern without the indicator. I am new to trout and thought that the low sinking emerger would have or at least I thought it would have been pretty easy to see the strike on and it was but the reaction time was oh so slow! I am wondering if anyone has any tips on reaction time and when and where to use dry flies I know the best time to use them is when the trout are surfacing, I guess I am wondering is there better times to load up on dry flies or not? Thanks for the help I will keep checking back to see what you all think.

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