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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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CableGuy931 on Nov 23, 2015November 23rd, 2015, 8:11 am EST
I have recently left bass fishing and want to dedicate my fishing time to trout for a while. Anyone have some advice on some of the best books that cover trout foods, hatches, behaviors and what to look for in streams, rivers and creeks when searching for trout.
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RleeP on Nov 23, 2015November 23rd, 2015, 9:50 am EST
Hi Christopher..

If you intend to explore your home state for trout, including GSMNP,( which I would emphatically encourage you to do..), I think the best working how to/where to guides are the two Ian Rutter books published by Frank Amato.

Ian knows his stuff and his book are very useful. Far more useful than any other similar guides, although the Don Kirk books about Tennessee fly fishing and GSMNP are pretty good, just dated. There is also a popular guide to southern Appalachian trouting by Jimmy Jacobs, a long time southern outdoor writer. Regrettably, while Jimmy is a fine fellow, I would advise you to stay away from this book. He spends far more time telling you where you can't fish (too small, too crowded, posted, whatever..) than he does telling you where you can.

Here are Amazon links to the Rutter books as well as an Amazon link to the DeLorme Tennessee Gazetteer, which may be the most useful book of all.




Have Fun~!


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