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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 Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing this one.
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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Lateral view of a Cicadidae (Cicada) True Bug Adult from the Bois Brule River in Wisconsin
I found this cicada and several like it in the grass near my car as I put my waders on. Some of them were singing in the trees above the river, too, but I did not see any fall into the water.
Falsifly
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Falsifly on May 29, 2013May 29th, 2013, 11:31 am EDT
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When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
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Sayfu on May 29, 2013May 29th, 2013, 3:05 pm EDT

Gather some up, pull a wing off, and get a chum-line going. Start a hatch, then splat down that big ugly. That's if fishin has been tough lately, and I'm getting close to that point.
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Martinlf on May 29, 2013May 29th, 2013, 4:51 pm EDT
Clever way to sneak a haiku in (Scroll down under the video to see the comment by Gilles Arbour-2 days ago),
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Falsifly on May 29, 2013May 29th, 2013, 7:44 pm EDT
Clever way to sneak a haiku in

If you are going to quote somebody you might as well quote the best.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matsuo_Bash%C5%8D
Falsifly
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."

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