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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 Setvena wahkeena (Perlodidae) (Wahkeena Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from Mystery Creek #199 in Washington
As far as I can tell, this species has only previously been reported from one site in Oregon along the Columbia gorge. However, the key characteristics are fairly unmistakable in all except for one minor detail:
— 4 small yellow spots on frons visible in photos
— Narrow occipital spinule row curves forward (but doesn’t quite meet on stem of ecdysial suture, as it's supposed to in this species)
— Short spinules on anterior margin of front legs
— Short rposterior row of blunt spinules on abdominal tergae, rather than elongated spinules dorsally
I caught several of these mature nymphs in the fishless, tiny headwaters of a creek high in the Wenatchee Mountains.
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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Report at a Glance

General RegionCentral CT
Specific Locationa big pool
Dates FishedOctober 12th
Time of Day Around 5:30
Fish CaughtRoughly 40 Inch Atlantic Salmon
Conditions & Hatches55 degrees air temps, dropping water level, caddis hatches.

Details and Discussion

RMlytle
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Connecticut

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RMlytle on Oct 12, 2014October 12th, 2014, 4:26 pm EDT
To view the story please visit my blog:
flyfishingcts.blogspot.com

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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Oct 12, 2014October 12th, 2014, 8:03 pm EDT
Nice work!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
RMlytle
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Connecticut

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RMlytle on Oct 13, 2014October 13th, 2014, 6:11 am EDT
Actually, I have been informed that it is an Atlantic Salmon. The odds of just finding one around here are ridiculously low, so that makes catching one quite the achievement.
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Colorado

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PaulRoberts on Oct 13, 2014October 13th, 2014, 3:47 pm EDT
A stray Atlantic! That's pretty neat. Might want to contact your local fisheries Biologist and ask about it. They might be able to tell you a bit more.

Congrats on the catch. That must have been quite a surprise.

Your story reminds me a of a big brown I spotted while pickeral and smallmouth fishing along the lower reaches of a stream years ago. I was so excited I got both my parents to come with me to watch me catch it. I never saw it again, but it was a lesson I never forgot about big brown habitat.
RMlytle
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Connecticut

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RMlytle on Oct 13, 2014October 13th, 2014, 6:50 pm EDT
He was most likely stocked by the state Atlantic Salmon Restoration Project in 2011. Apparently very few make it back to the river, and even fewer are counted. When the water is up they jump the dam rather then fool around in the fish ladder. Some natural reproduction has been recorded in this river, so who knows, this could very well be a wild fish.
Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Oct 14, 2014October 14th, 2014, 4:50 pm EDT
As soon as I saw the coloration and huge kype I thought of Atlantic salmon that are caught in October on the Miramichi.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Jmd123
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Oct 14, 2014October 14th, 2014, 6:39 pm EDT
WOW, spectacular fish, certainly a prize among us flyrodders! And just what fly did this massive beast take? Well done, beautiful fish!

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

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RMlytle on Oct 14, 2014October 14th, 2014, 6:56 pm EDT
He took a size 14 sedgehammer

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