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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 Psychodidae True Fly Larva from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This wild-looking little thing completely puzzled me. At first I was thinking beetle or month larva, until I got a look at the pictures on the computer screen. I made a couple of incorrect guesses before entomologist Greg Courtney pointed me in the right direction with Psychodidae. He suggested a possible genus of Thornburghiella, but could not rule out some other members of the tribe Pericomini.
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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IEatimago on Jun 15, 2007June 15th, 2007, 6:00 am EDT
just wanted to say hello to everyone as i am new to this forum, and feel so lucky to have found it. i am very exited about the amount of information i am about to intake, and wanted to thank you all for sharing stories,tips,and general discussion.
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Troutnut on Jun 15, 2007June 15th, 2007, 9:24 am EDT
Welcome! Good nickname. :) Have you seen this shirt?


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Wiflyfisher on Jun 15, 2007June 15th, 2007, 12:56 pm EDT
Better yet.. Have you eaten many imagos? :)
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GONZO on Jun 17, 2007June 17th, 2007, 1:00 pm EDT
I can't speak for IEatimago, but I've managed to accidentally choke down a few over the years. Tricos go down pretty easily, even in quantity, but brown drakes bring on some serious gagging. This has served to reinforce a very old lesson, but one that I've had great difficulty learning, at least with any permanence--to keep my mouth shut! Oh well.... :O
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JOHNW on Jun 18, 2007June 18th, 2007, 1:30 pm EDT
I can't speak for imago's however I know perlids go well with a nice aged burbon or a peaty 8 year old single malt. ;)

Culinarily yours,
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BxRxTxK on Jul 1, 2007July 1st, 2007, 5:27 am EDT
hey Ieatimagos had a great time hitting the penns with you last week...
cant wait to make another trip up your way...

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