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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 Ephemerella mucronata (Ephemerellidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This is an interesting one. Following the keys in Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019) and Jacobus et al. (2014), it keys clearly to Ephemerella. Jacobus et al provide a key to species, but some of the characteristics are tricky to interpret without illustrations. If I didn't make any mistakes, this one keys to Ephemerella mucronata, which has not previously been reported any closer to here than Montana and Alberta. The main character seems to fit well: "Abdominal terga with prominent, paired, subparallel, spiculate ridges." Several illustrations or descriptions of this holarctic species from the US and Europe seem to match, including the body length, tarsal claws and denticles, labial palp, and gill shapes. These sources include including Richard Allen's original description of this species in North America under the now-defunct name E. moffatae in Allen RK (1977) and the figures in this description of the species in Italy.
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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Roguerat on Nov 23, 2014November 23rd, 2014, 1:10 pm EST
My 18-yr old college-kid daughter wants her 'own' rod, vs. always borrowing one of my St Croix's. I'm leaning toward a rod/reel combo from Cabela's, a lot of their stuff is on sale and the Wind River setup looks pretty good. The Cabela's Three-forks rod has been mentioned more than a couple times on Troutnut; are there any informed opinions on the Wind River rod?

On-line ratings are positive with tip breakage the only downside (owner/anglers are high-sticking?)

Tight lines, and SW MI hit 52 today...after 29+ inches of snow the last week-and-a half. go figure.

Roguerat

erroneous famous quote correction...apparently 'You can observe a lot by watching' was a Yogi Berra original, NOT Casey Stengel (who had his own language, 'Stengelese').
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CaseyP on Nov 23, 2014November 23rd, 2014, 3:06 pm EST
a very long time ago when i had to spell my name over the phone, i would say "Casey as in Stengel".
then came the day when the voice at the other end said, "huh?"
very sad.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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CaseyP on Nov 23, 2014November 23rd, 2014, 3:06 pm EST
oh--newbie pal has ordered the Cabela's outfit. i'll let you know...
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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Wbranch on Nov 24, 2014November 24th, 2014, 2:12 pm EST
It tied a record in York, PA today at 69 degrees.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Roguerat on Nov 24, 2014November 24th, 2014, 2:30 pm EST
Whack Weather, 'take two'

It's 27 degrees out and a snotty mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow along with strong winds...gotta' love MI weather. Our Husky loves it, she won't come inside unless she's bribed.

I ended up getting a Three Forks combo, price was too good to pass up- along with positive opinions on this Site re this rod.

Roguerat

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Aakash316 on Jan 13, 2015January 13th, 2015, 12:52 am EST
I know quite a bit about fishing gears,recently i choose to check the reels available and bought Okuma epixor bait. what i needed most was guide to right fishing its not really easy to fish without right tools. enjoy fishing and don't miss on anything: "Passion for fishing"
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Wbranch on Jan 13, 2015January 13th, 2015, 5:57 am EST
I happened to look at the link provided and this is one passage I found. Maybe one of our other members can decipher it for me. Good luck!

"Wet versus: Dry A fly’s building decides whether it will move previously mentioned the top (dry flies), journey partially or perhaps totally immersed (emerges), or sink (larvae and streamers). Seafood assume their own meals reactions to be in a certain area of the normal mineral waters column, as well as understanding where which is important key to good soar assortment.

Fly Color: Feel Seasons Don’t know where to start together along using your soar choice? Believe firstly seasons color styles. Planting season, past due tumble, and also winter season lures tend to be darker, matching the colors of these environment. Light jigs typically can be found in warmer climate.

Fake versus: Flattery Angling lures may be possibly impressionistic or exact replicas, as well as their particular effectiveness usually is dependent upon exactly just precisely the way picky the seafood have grown to be as a result of meals supply, weather conditions and also fishing strain.

Believe Subsurface regarding Bass At least common fraction of the diet of trout consists of subsurface meals reactions. Although you may favor fly doing some sport reef offshore sport day outdoor, knowing what nymphs, larvae and also crustaceans are available underneath the surface area having allow you to determine soar choice. This information will help you make a good fly fishing experience."

It sounds more like a "Passion for Confusion".
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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