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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.

Case view of a Pycnopsyche guttifera (Limnephilidae) (Great Autumn Brown Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
It's only barely visible in one of my pictures, but I confirmed under the microscope that this one has a prosternal horn and the antennae are mid-way between the eyes and front of the head capsule.

I'm calling this one Pycnopsyche, but it's a bit perplexing. It seems to key definitively to at least Couplet 8 of the Key to Genera of Limnephilidae Larvae. That narrows it down to three genera, and the case seems wrong for the other two. The case looks right for Pycnopsyche, and it fits one of the key characteristics: "Abdominal sternum II without chloride epithelium and abdominal segment IX with only single seta on each side of dorsal sclerite." However, the characteristic "metanotal sa1 sclerites not fused, although often contiguous" does not seem to fit well. Those sclerites sure look fused to me, although I can make out a thin groove in the touching halves in the anterior half under the microscope. Perhaps this is a regional variation.

The only species of Pycnopsyche documented in Washington state is Pycnopsyche guttifera, and the colors and markings around the head of this specimen seem to match very well a specimen of that species from Massachusetts on Bugguide. So I am placing it in that species for now.

Whatever species this is, I photographed another specimen of seemingly the same species from the same spot a couple months later.
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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Tctrout on Feb 8, 2014February 8th, 2014, 5:53 am EST
Hi all,

The details are listed within this following video, but the gist is that I am organizing a collection of fly tying and fly fishing equipment for Project Healing Waters. This is an incredible organization, and I feel that since we're in Cabin Fever mode, this is a great time to go through some stuff and find a better home for it.

The short is that I am asking for donations to be sent to me, with an email listed so I can verify they've arrived. I will leave this video on YouTube until St. Patrick's Day, and then post another that has all of the donations listed with your names (unless you wish to remain anonymous). All of the items that you send will be given to Ray Markiewicz, the Healing Waters Regional Director in Western PA and NY. I've been in contact with Ray, and he says that they can use fly tying materials, reels, rods, and basically anything involved in the sport. Every little piece helps, thus thanks ahead of time for sending what you can.

If you want more specifics, please watch the video. I appreciate everything, and hope your winter fly tying is going well!

Tim Cammisa

Please paste this to watch the video on YouTube:


Items can be sent to:
Tim Cammisa
P.O. Box 2104
Butler, PA 16003

If sending through UPS or FedEx, please send to:
Tim Cammisa
345 South Main Street - #2104
Butler, PA 16003
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Tctrout on Mar 3, 2014March 3rd, 2014, 4:46 pm EST
I appreciate everyone who has sent in donations for this; thank you for supporting this great cause. If you are still considering, I plan on collecting for Project Healing Waters until around St. Patrick's Day. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or watch the video.

Thanks again!

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Tctrout on Mar 14, 2014March 14th, 2014, 2:26 am EDT
I wanted to bump this thread because I plan on wrapping up the PHW donation early next week. If you still intend to send some materials or something for PHW, please do so asap.

Thanks for the donations to this point,

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Tctrout on Mar 27, 2014March 27th, 2014, 4:39 pm EDT
Thanks to all who donated to the Project Healing Waters donation; the collection is now closed and the items will be on their way next week. Here's a video updating everyone with the items:


Tim Cammisa

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