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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 Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to tentatively key to Holocentropus, although I can't make out the anal spines in Couplet 7 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae nor the dark bands in Couplet 4 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae, making me wonder if I went wrong somewhere in keying it out. I don't see where that could have happened, though. It might also be that it's a very immature larva and doesn't possess all the identifying characteristics in the key yet. If Holocentropus is correct, then Holocentropus flavus and Holocentropus interruptus are the two likely possibilities based on range, but I was not able to find a description of their larvae.
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 Jun 6, 2014June 6th, 2014, 7:43 pm EDT
Well, it's been a while since I've reported on what's been happening. I was fortunate enough to spend some time on the Beaverkill, Letort and Penns Creek lately. Fishing was good and I got to experience some phenomenal dry fly fishing to some really nice wild fish. March Browns on the Beaverkill, sulphurs on the Letort and Drakes, Epeorus spinners, and sulphur spinners on Penns.

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Wbranch on Jun 6, 2014June 6th, 2014, 11:49 pm EDT
Wow, you are having a great year! You must be a happy guy.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Shawnny3 on Jun 7, 2014June 7th, 2014, 4:40 am EDT
Excellent catch. Nice photos, too.

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Martinlf on Jun 7, 2014June 7th, 2014, 5:05 am EDT
Great photos and some fine fishing!

I've fished sulphurs, olives, and Hendrickson spinners on the East Branch of the Delaware, March Browns on the Beaverkill, then caddis and sulphurs on the Main Stem of the Delaware. Visited a bit with Matt up there at his cabin on the West Branch. Then sulphurs and Grey Fox on the Little J, and Drakes on Penns. It has been very good.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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Crepuscular on Jun 7, 2014June 7th, 2014, 5:51 am EDT
Excellent catch. Nice photos, too.

-Shawn


Thanks Shawn!


Great photos and some fine fishing!

I've fished sulphurs, olives, and Hendrickson spinners on the East Branch of the Delaware, March Browns on the Beaverkill, then caddis and sulphurs on the Main Stem of the Delaware. Visited a bit with Matt up there at his cabin on the West Branch. Then sulphurs and Grey Fox on the Little J, and Drakes on Penns. It has been very good.


Nice Louis! Sounds like we're on a similar plan! And you're right, it's been some fine fishing.
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PaulRoberts on Jun 7, 2014June 7th, 2014, 9:49 pm EDT
Wonderful. Rather silvery browns on the Beaverkill.
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Crepuscular on Jun 8, 2014June 8th, 2014, 4:51 am EDT
Wonderful. Rather silvery browns on the Beaverkill.


Yes I thought so too.
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Entoman on Jun 8, 2014June 8th, 2014, 10:01 pm EDT
Very nice, Eric! I especially like the photo of the drake posing on bamboo.
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
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Kschaefer3 on Jun 9, 2014June 9th, 2014, 6:39 am EDT
Wow! A whole slew of nice fish. The rivers look beautiful as well.

I have been patiently waiting for fish poking their noses up consistently. That has not happened yet, or at least I haven't found them.
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Crepuscular on Jun 9, 2014June 9th, 2014, 8:29 am EDT
Very nice, Eric! I especially like the photo of the drake posing on bamboo.


Thanks Kurt. I have them trained to land right where I want them and then sit and stay. ;)
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Crepuscular on Jun 9, 2014June 9th, 2014, 8:34 am EDT
Wow! A whole slew of nice fish. The rivers look beautiful as well.

I have been patiently waiting for fish poking their noses up consistently. That has not happened yet, or at least I haven't found them.


Thanks. You know I've been lucky so far this year. There have been several occations where we have been finding plenty of surface feeding fish, when, on the same day and same river, others have been having difficulty finding rising fish.
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Kschaefer3 on Jun 9, 2014June 9th, 2014, 9:25 am EDT
Wow! A whole slew of nice fish. The rivers look beautiful as well.

I have been patiently waiting for fish poking their noses up consistently. That has not happened yet, or at least I haven't found them.


Thanks. You know I've been lucky so far this year. There have been several occations where we have been finding plenty of surface feeding fish, when, on the same day and same river, others have been having difficulty finding rising fish.

Luck plays a part in all fishing, no doubt.

I think your knowledge, and time on the water, tend to stack luck in your favor though.
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Crepuscular on Jun 9, 2014June 9th, 2014, 10:08 am EDT
Like Lefty Gomez said, "I'd rather be lucky than good". ;)
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Jmd123 on Jun 9, 2014June 9th, 2014, 4:48 pm EDT
"I'd rather be lucky than good".

Eric, I'd have to say that you're both, at least from the pictures...beautiful big fat fish, I am totally envious as you've seen what I've been catching lately...

Kyle, same here, hatches are ssssslllloooooowwwwww this season. Hopefully things will pick up soon!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Kschaefer3 on Jun 10, 2014June 10th, 2014, 5:54 am EDT
Eric - I agree with that! Like Jonathon said, I think you may be both, so that's even better yet.

Jonathon - The biggest problem is that I've seen bugs. Sometimes lots of them. Last time I fished my favorite river there were caddis everywhere and a healthy amount of hennies, but no fish looking up. This last weekend, plenty of caddis around and some large (#12) yellow mayflies. Again, no fish looking up. Good thing I enjoy fishing streamers too!
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Gus on Jun 12, 2014June 12th, 2014, 4:07 pm EDT
Nice job!!!
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