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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 Kogotus (Perlodidae) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
This one pretty clearly keys to Kogotus, but it also looks fairly different from specimens I caught in the same creek about a month later in the year. With only one species of the genus known in Washington, I'm not sure about the answer to this ID.
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 Regionpennsylvania
Specific Locationa public limestoner that sees a ton of pressure
Dates FishedNovember 15
Time of Dayall day
Fish Caughtwild brown trout
Conditions & HatchesClear and low water. Air temps 28-52. Some spawners around but few redds to be seen yet.

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JOHNW
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Chambersburg, PA

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JOHNW on Nov 15, 2013November 15th, 2013, 2:53 pm EST
My reward for working the last 11 days was two hours of windshield time to one of my favorite cold weather stream sections. The fishing was outstanding as the browns were colored up and they were fairly aggressive to my offerings. However the highlight of the day was flushing a covey of ring neck pheasant from some streamside cover.
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
Jmd123
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Nov 15, 2013November 15th, 2013, 3:20 pm EST
Nice John! Beautifully colored fish you have there. It's such a pleasure to get out and fly fish this late in the season when the weather is cooperating. Well done!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Martinlf
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Nov 17, 2013November 17th, 2013, 5:02 am EST
Pretty fish, John! SC?
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Boiling Springs, PA

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Crepuscular on Nov 17, 2013November 17th, 2013, 3:23 pm EST
Nice!
Feathers5
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Feathers5 on Nov 18, 2013November 18th, 2013, 4:56 am EST
Beauties, John.
Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Nov 18, 2013November 18th, 2013, 1:03 pm EST
Gorgeous colors! Good job.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
JOHNW
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Chambersburg, PA

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JOHNW on Nov 18, 2013November 18th, 2013, 4:49 pm EST
Louis let's just say I got out of Dodge before folks started pounding Boilermakers for the weekend. ;)
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
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Novi, MI

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Oldredbarn on Nov 18, 2013November 18th, 2013, 5:02 pm EST
Louis let's just say I got out of Dodge before folks started pounding Boilermakers for the weekend. ;)


John...You better be more cryptic! I think I've figured this out with my PA decoder ring...Eric gave it to me last April when I was nosing around the keystone state.

I'm just happy you got a chance to wet a line young man...I know you have been working your, "you know what", off!

Nice to see.

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

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
Crepuscular
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Boiling Springs, PA

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Crepuscular on Nov 19, 2013November 19th, 2013, 8:05 am EST
Specific Location a public limestoner that sees a ton of pressure


There's one that doesn't?
JOHNW
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Chambersburg, PA

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JOHNW on Nov 19, 2013November 19th, 2013, 2:44 pm EST
Eric,
That is a paraphrase from a PA fly fishing ledgend who has a series of "how to videos"

I believe the actually quote was "this is a lovely stream that is open to the public but sees more than it's fair share of angling pressure"

I actually fished the stretch that the video segment was filmed on. The most important lesson I got from that video was neither the tuck cast nor the leader construction or rigging info covered but the fact that the fish in this stream like to lay in places that don't always seem "trouty" (read the skinny stuff close to the banks).
Again Spence will have to pull out the Decoder ring for that one but he fished this stream a mile or so below where I was.
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
Oldredbarn
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Novi, MI

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Oldredbarn on Nov 19, 2013November 19th, 2013, 3:19 pm EST

Again Spence will have to pull out the Decoder ring for that one but he fished this stream a mile or so below where I was.


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

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
Martinlf
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Nov 19, 2013November 19th, 2013, 7:29 pm EST
Dries?
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Al514
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Central New York

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Al514 on Nov 21, 2013November 21st, 2013, 2:43 am EST
Awesome looking fish. Love the spots on the lower brown - big, dark, and scattered. That middle brown has some huge fins - makes you understand / appreciate how these fish can ambush prey so well.

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