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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.

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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CaseyP has attached these 4 pictures. The message is below.
River Wharf below Loup Scar, above Burnsall.  caught a couple of browns, one surely wild.  spent the day Czech Nymphing as the water was a good foot above normal, deep, fast, and peaty.  peaty means a wonderful reddish gold color that made every fish look like a salmon.
Fish of the Season, according to my guide.  his or mine?  forgot to ask.  British browns are a gorgeous golden brown, no two spot patterns anything alike.  for future recognition, no doubt.
Near Addingham next day;  looks do-able.
Fast, deep, and dark--and loaded with fish!
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CaseyP on Jul 17, 2007July 17th, 2007, 8:33 am EDT
had a fantastic day and hope to share it with you.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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Shawnny3 on Jul 17, 2007July 17th, 2007, 11:03 am EDT
Amazing fish! Congratulations.

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Softhackle on Jul 17, 2007July 17th, 2007, 12:07 pm EDT
Yeh, Casey, What a wonderful fish. Hope you are having a great time. Keep us posted.

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GONZO on Jul 17, 2007July 17th, 2007, 12:20 pm EDT
Way cool, Casey, way cool! You didn't say what tempted that Brit beauty. (Now's no time to start keeping secrets!)
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CaseyP on Jul 17, 2007July 17th, 2007, 11:49 pm EDT
there were three heavy nymphs on the leader: one bright pink Czech, one copper, and one tungston hare's ear. all day long the fish alternated amongst the three, but the pink and the copper got the most. the other fish pictures are characterized chiefly by the escape of the subject as the shutter snapped, but all fish pictures look alike anyway!

weather's good today--looking forward to the afternoon!
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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Martinlf on Jul 18, 2007July 18th, 2007, 1:03 am EDT
Way cool, Casey. Glad you're having some luck with the fish!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Troutnut on Jul 18, 2007July 18th, 2007, 12:46 pm EDT
Thanks for posting that Casey! "Peaty" is such a neat, British-sounding term for those tannin-stained streams. I like it.

There must be some nice satisfaction in catching browns which are both wild and native. I felt a bit of that last week catching native rainbows in Alaska.
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