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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 Epeorus albertae (Heptageniidae) (Pink Lady) Mayfly Nymph from the East Fork Issaquah Creek in Washington
This specimen keys to the Epeorus albertae group of species. Of the five species in that group, the two known in Washington state are Epeorus albertae and Epeorus dulciana. Of the two, albertae has been collected in vastly more locations in Washington than dulciana, suggesting it is far more common. On that basis alone I'm tentatively putting this nymph in albertae, with the large caveat that there's no real information to rule out dulciana.
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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Chiquis on Jul 11, 2016July 11th, 2016, 2:19 pm EDT
Hi everyone!

Im excited cause Im attending this huge event in a couple months and I wanted to share it with you

"Reef-A-Palooza California (RAP) is an annual event promoted by the Southern California Marine Aquarium Society (SCMAS). Now in its Thirteenth year, RAP can best be described as an indoor marketplace where sellers, exhibitors, and hobbyists of all types can buy, sell, trade, showcase their products to the marine hobbyist community. The main purpose of Reef-A-Palooza is to provide an enjoyable, positive atmosphere that is conducive to education and trade of both product and knowledge. As such, participating exhibitors range from large manufacturers, to retailers, to small livestock sellers, and participating hobbyists range from the beginner to the elite, rare-species coral farmer. It is the perfect venue to showcase new products in the marine aquarium industry."

Who's interested? :)
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San Diego

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Chiquis on Jul 11, 2016July 11th, 2016, 2:22 pm EDT

Website: Reef A Palooza Show

Date: November 19 & 20, 2016

Where: at the Orange County Fair and Event Center

$15 Admission Fee
$10 -Seniors 60 and over
Free – Children 12 and younger


Travel by Air
Orange County’s John Wayne Airport (SNA) is the preferred airport to service the Orange County area. Other options include Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Long Beach Airport, and Ontario international Airport (ONT), however those airport a 20 – 40 mile drive to the Costa Mesa area. shuttle to lax here.

Travel by Vehicle
Costa Mesa has several interstate highways traveling through it. I-405, I-55 and I-73 make it very easy to get to Orange County Fair & Exposition Center by car.
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Gilsau on Jul 11, 2016July 11th, 2016, 2:26 pm EDT
Thanks for the info bro, I've heard about this event and it seems nice.
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San Diego

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Chiquis on Jul 11, 2016July 11th, 2016, 2:34 pm EDT
It is! My second year :)

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