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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.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
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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Crepuscular on Dec 8, 2013December 8th, 2013, 4:52 am EST
Got out a little before the Arctic weather hits us here. Plenty of willing fish. A few olives around

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Jmd123 on Dec 8, 2013December 8th, 2013, 9:06 am EST
Good job, Eric! My fly fishing gear is going to be gathering dust for a few months while the ice fishing gear will be getting dusted off here very shortly. How big was this one and how many others did you tempt up?

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Martinlf on Dec 8, 2013December 8th, 2013, 1:08 pm EST
Pretty work, Eric. I had hoped to head over that way Thursday, but fate intervened. Perhaps in a week or so if temperatures permit.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Crepuscular on Dec 8, 2013December 8th, 2013, 1:34 pm EST
How big was this one and how many others did you tempt up?

Jonathon


I think that fish was about 15". I caught more than my share of fish.

Louis, the forecast looks like it's enough to keep me inside for at least this week. Too cold. May keep the crowd down though. I think the weather we got on Thursday and Friday helped me out. It gave those fish a bit of a respite from other anglers. You could tell. They were pretty content for the most part.

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