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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 Sweltsa (Chloroperlidae) (Sallfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This species was fairly abundant in a February sample of the upper Yakima.
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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San Diego, CA

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Jtownsend86 on Nov 3, 2015November 3rd, 2015, 6:21 am EST
Has anyone ever heard of or fished for Taimen? I came across this film today where some guys were fly fishing deep in the wilderness in Russia for them and after doing a little research, I was amazed.

They can get up to 6 ft long. I couldn't imagine battling them on a fly. I read that they are called River Wolves because they are so predatory.

I would be interested to hear about your experiences with these fish if you have any. Here is the film I saw also in case you want to check it out.

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St. Paul, MN

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Kschaefer3 on Nov 3, 2015November 3rd, 2015, 10:28 am EST
Have you ever watched River Monsters with Jeremy Wade? He does an episode on them. Also, one of the first FF films I ever saw was a group fishing for them.

I have never done it before, but you better believe it's high on my bucket list! They're like bull trout on steroids, which are already like other trout on steroids.

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