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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.

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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Minnowbait
whitehall michigan

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Minnowbait on Mar 3, 2016March 3rd, 2016, 6:43 am EST
Can anyone recommend a good microscope for viewing/photographing macroinvertebrates? I have a basic scope from microscope depot, but the field of vision is too narrow and the halogen bulb is HOT!
minnowbait
LowBudget
Afton, NY

Posts: 25
LowBudget on Mar 21, 2016March 21st, 2016, 2:50 am EDT
I have turned cell phones and iPads into dissecting microscopes. It is relatively easy and inexpensive. The lighting can come from ambient light or LED flashlights.

I have put directions that I have written on how to build your own Smart-D-Scope for less than $8.00 at;

http://edengelman.com/smartDscope/smartDscope16P.pdf

I have posted some of my pictures on Flickr

https://www.flickr.com/photos/107447394@N07/sets/72157641718340454/

This information was previously posted on this board.

Ed
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Low Budget Fly Tying and Fishing author of "Behind the Fly"
http://edengelman.com/BTF.html
Entoman
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Northern CA & ID

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Entoman on Mar 21, 2016March 21st, 2016, 8:43 am EDT
Ed -

If your wondering where the blue came from in your post, I converted your references to actual links for user ease.
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