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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.

Lateral view of a Psychodidae True Fly Larva from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This wild-looking little thing completely puzzled me. At first I was thinking beetle or month larva, until I got a look at the pictures on the computer screen. I made a couple of incorrect guesses before entomologist Greg Courtney pointed me in the right direction with Psychodidae. He suggested a possible genus of Thornburghiella, but could not rule out some other members of the tribe Pericomini.
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 Mar 10, 2015March 10th, 2015, 5:41 am EDT
Here's the Lower Platte in full swing, likely my kids are somewhere in that mess...
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Oldredbarn on Mar 10, 2015March 10th, 2015, 2:26 pm EDT
What a mess!

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Roguerat on Mar 10, 2015March 10th, 2015, 3:05 pm EDT
Spence-

That's the scene below M-22...why I stayed way upriver, safe and sane.
My oldest daughter and grandsons float the Lower Platte every summer, too much for me.

By Fall it's too cold to tube and the Steelies and Salmon can head upriver without negotiating traffic-jams.

BTW, I'm enjoying fresh windmill cookies and a tall, cold glass of milk at this moment. Goed!!

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Oldredbarn on Mar 10, 2015March 10th, 2015, 6:59 pm EDT
:)

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Oldredbarn on Mar 11, 2015March 11th, 2015, 2:18 pm EDT
On Gates' hatch chart they actually have listed the "Aluminus flotilla" hatch starting at the beginning of June...Memorial Day being opening weekend for the canoe hatch...

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"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
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MiltRPowell on Mar 11, 2015March 11th, 2015, 2:55 pm EDT
Re-looking the photo, I think I see. huh? maybe a
pupa 16inch (green) tube hatch also, but could be bad photo, or me... Caddis kids, not light cahill wet.
Huh? I don't know, don't look good for fishing that day anyway....

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Feathers5 on Mar 12, 2015March 12th, 2015, 6:00 am EDT
If you catch one, gut it and take it home. I bet that will end that hatch.

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