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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.

Artistic view of a Perlodidae (Springflies and Yellow Stones) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to lead to Couplet 35 of the Key to Genera of Perlodidae Nymphs and the genus Isoperla, but I'm skeptical that's correct based on the general look. I need to get it under the microscope to review several choices in the key, and it'll probably end up a different Perlodidae.
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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By Troutnut on September 19th, 2015, 11:28 am EDT
A week ago I returned from a hike-in, float-out, solo caribou hunt in the Arctic. I've posted the whole story in sections, but here are a few previews of the spectacular scenery.




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Oldredbarn on Sep 19, 2015September 19th, 2015, 2:24 pm EDT
Stunning landscape Jason!

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Crepuscular on Sep 23, 2015September 23rd, 2015, 6:08 am EDT
Wow!
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Jmd123 on Sep 23, 2015September 23rd, 2015, 9:42 am EDT
Looks COLD, Jason! Stunning, but CCCCCOLD...

Jonathon

P.S. Know you don't wanna hear this, but things are nice around here lately, 70s in the day and 50s at night...
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Wiflyfisher on Sep 23, 2015September 23rd, 2015, 3:46 pm EDT
Jason awesome story and photos! Thanks for sharing it on the website.

So you feel better I was just out in West Yellowstone and got snowed on last Thursday!



Campfire Lodge Resort



but by the next day the snow was melted in the lower elevations and I found bank feeders...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTzy7Tm9X9A






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Troutnut on Sep 24, 2015September 24th, 2015, 12:42 pm EDT
Wow John, that looks like a great trip! Hope you'll have time to post a full report sometime.
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Kvnfraley on Jun 24, 2020June 24th, 2020, 6:19 am EDT
Nice write up. Looking at doing a packraft trip in that area this August, checking out some known Dolly Varden staging/spawning sections in the adjacent rivers
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Troutnut on Jun 29, 2020June 29th, 2020, 6:07 am EDT
That should be a great trip Kevin. I'd love to see pictures when you're done. I did bring a fly rod and a few flies along on this caribou hunt, but floating out of there soaking wet in the snow I was pretty much focused on getting back to the car and didn't have the motivation to stop and fish.
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Kvnfraley on Nov 30, 2020November 30th, 2020, 7:06 am EST
Hey Jason, I finally remembered to return to this comment. The trip went really well! We had crazy nice weather for the slope in August, pretty much sunny the whole time. Caught a ton of big beautiful dollies and a few good grayling. We weren't sure we would actually find any dollies so it was really exciting to hit the motherlode. Saw griz, caribou, moose, and musk ox up close. And got a nice bull caribou on the float out. Couldn't have gone more perfectly, hoping to replicate the trip next year. Some photos here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10222178697443911&type=3
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Kvnfraley on Nov 30, 2020November 30th, 2020, 7:37 am EST
That lower ribdon had some exciting whitewater!
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Troutnut on Dec 1, 2020December 1st, 2020, 7:34 am EST
Wow Kevin, looks like you had an awesome adventure there! Congratulations on the nice bull and great dollies.

That is some exciting whitewater on the lower Ribdon, but on my solo trip I was very glad I just lined the raft down through all of it. :)
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Kvnfraley on Dec 1, 2020December 1st, 2020, 3:20 pm EST
Thanks Jason! You were probably smart to line it. We ended up stopping after every other rapid to dump out water so running the whitewater didn't save us too much time.

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