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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 Amphizoa (Amphizoidae) Beetle Larva from Sears Creek in Washington
This is the first of it's family I've seen, collected from a tiny, fishless stream in the Cascades. The three species of this genus all live in the Northwest and are predators that primarily eat stonefly nymphs Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019).
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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By Troutnut on April 24th, 2014
Things have melted here in Alaska just enough for me to slip and slide my way up the hilly, narrow, rutted trail of ice and mud leading to a scenic mountain where I sometimes find some ptarmigan in the fall. I was hoping to get a few birds for the table before the season closes on April 30th, but I climbed all over the little mountaintop and didn't see or hear a single one. Hunting is over for now, but grayling should be returning to fishable streams as I write.

Photos by Troutnut from Miscellaneous Alaska in Alaska

View toward the Minto Flats

From Murphy Dome in Alaska
Denali from near Murphy Dome. This was the clearest view of the mountain I've ever had from this far away (150 miles).

From Murphy Dome in Alaska
Abandoned ptarmigan habitat. I found a few white feathers from birds molting out of their winter plumage, but didn't see or hear any live ptarmigan.

From Murphy Dome in Alaska
Taiga and the Minto Flats

From Murphy Dome in Alaska
Denali from near Murphy Dome. I don't know what the peculiar bright light is shining near the top of the mountain on the right side. It was conspicuous like this for several minutes. I don't know what's up there that would reflect sunlight (or emit its own light) and look so much brighter than everything else from 150 miles away.

From Murphy Dome in Alaska

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Oldredbarn
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Novi, MI

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Oldredbarn on Apr 29, 2014April 29th, 2014, 10:30 am EDT
Jason,

Wonderful! Now could you send it down this way?! :)

Spence

Glad to see you survived another winter there, sir.
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

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TNEAL
GRAYLING. MICHIGAN

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TNEAL on Apr 29, 2014April 29th, 2014, 2:11 pm EDT
Lots of water here and still below average temperatures. I fished the AuSable (Michigan) yesterday and the water temp maxed out at 49. Several fish taken on a wooly bugger; no hatches to speak of. Hendricksons are a week or so off, I'm told. First week of May is supposed to average about 10 degrees below "normal".

We are going to be way behind here with insect emergences.....

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