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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 Holocentropus (Polycentropodidae) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to tentatively key to Holocentropus, although I can't make out the anal spines in Couplet 7 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae nor the dark bands in Couplet 4 of the Key to Genera of Polycentropodidae Larvae, making me wonder if I went wrong somewhere in keying it out. I don't see where that could have happened, though. It might also be that it's a very immature larva and doesn't possess all the identifying characteristics in the key yet. If Holocentropus is correct, then Holocentropus flavus and Holocentropus interruptus are the two likely possibilities based on range, but I was not able to find a description of their larvae.
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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Gakona Alaska

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Northwestal on Dec 31, 2015December 31st, 2015, 10:34 am EST
Hi guys:

I just wanted to share great story from one of my clients ( Landon Mayer) that I thought you would enjoy.

"Northeast of Kotzebue, Alaska, are numerous drainages entering the Bering Sea with tributaries similar in size to walk-and-wade Western rivers. These great watersheds hold char up to 15 pounds and include the Wulik, Kivalina, and Noatak rivers. Their tributaries, including the Kelly River, Wrench Creek, and many others, also host runs of char. The area containing fishable water is vast.

There were four anglers on our trip. We spent approximately $2,200 per angler and landed about 15 to 25 char daily. The largest was 36 inches long and weighed 23 pounds."

We saw caribou and grizzlies during our stay. When camping in the Alaska backcountry, be mindful of your surroundings and take the proper food stowage and camp cleaning precautions to ensure a safe return home.

Read more: http://www.flyfisherman.com/canada/northwest-territories/lonesome-lands-arctic-char/#ixzz3vvsNTYR9

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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Jan 1, 2016January 1st, 2016, 5:59 am EST
Cool story. It would be an adventure of a lifetime.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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