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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 Pycnopsyche guttifera (Limnephilidae) (Great Autumn Brown Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen appears to be of the same species as this one collected in the same spot two months earlier. The identification of both is tentative. This one suffered some physical damage before being photographed, too, so the colors aren't totally natural. I was mostly photographing it to test out some new camera setting idea, which worked really well for a couple of closeups.
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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Report at a Glance

General RegionNorthwestern Michigan Lower Peninsula
Specific LocationFrankfort
Dates Fished07/21/07
Time of Day6:00 a.m.
Fish Caught1 Steelhead, 2 King Salmon
Conditions & HatchesClear Skies, 60 degrees Fahrenheit, Fog on the water, just plain beautiful.

Details and Discussion

Interlochen, Michigan

Posts: 20
TrevorC on Jul 27, 2007July 27th, 2007, 8:19 am EDT
Action was great last Saturday morning. Got a late start, but we were fishing by 6:00 a.m. Hooked up with a 14 lb. Steelhead at 6:04 a.m. Picked up 2 King Salmon between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., lost two more. Some fish are definately getting an early start!

A buddy of mine caught his first Steelhead ever that morning. What a great day. I included pic's of the fish.
I'll see you down on the river...
Interlochen, Michigan

Posts: 20
TrevorC on Jul 27, 2007July 27th, 2007, 8:33 am EDT
Replying to my own post... I tried to upload some pics, it must not have worked. Sorry...
I'll see you down on the river...
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Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
CaseyP on Jul 27, 2007July 27th, 2007, 4:08 pm EDT
you're not alone. go over to the photo board and try there. meanwhile--gee whiz! early birds rule, huh?
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra

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