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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.

Artistic view of a Perlodidae (Springflies and Yellow Stones) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to lead to Couplet 35 of the Key to Genera of Perlodidae Nymphs and the genus Isoperla, but I'm skeptical that's correct based on the general look. I need to get it under the microscope to review several choices in the key, and it'll probably end up a different Perlodidae.
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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Central New York

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Al514 on Nov 21, 2013November 21st, 2013, 2:46 am EST
JOHNW's post reminded me of a brown I caught last fall that was colored up like no other brown I've caught before.

I love when they get this fired up!
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St. Paul, MN

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Kschaefer3 on Nov 21, 2013November 21st, 2013, 5:02 am EST
Beautiful colors on a big brown, does it get better?
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Nov 21, 2013November 21st, 2013, 2:05 pm EST
WOW!!! They sure do get colored up fine for spawning, don't they? Very nice!

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

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Martinlf on Nov 23, 2013November 23rd, 2013, 6:57 am EST
Possibly the most gorgeous fish photos I've seen. Good work all around.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Central New York

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Al514 on Nov 24, 2013November 24th, 2013, 2:07 am EST
Thanks guys, appreciate it.
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Chambersburg, PA

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JOHNW on Nov 28, 2013November 28th, 2013, 4:20 pm EST
Stunning fish and great photo!
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn

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