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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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Mcflyangler
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Mcflyangler on May 20, 2017May 20th, 2017, 4:48 am EDT
Fishing is my passion, and when I catch a brown trout this big, its an amazing day! I pulled out 2 other large browns out of this pond in the same day. This guy fought for a while, and was an absolute blast to catch! Definitely my personal record trout.

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Iasgair
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Iasgair on May 20, 2017May 20th, 2017, 4:46 pm EDT
You should be very proud. And thank you for releasing it.
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Wbranch on May 20, 2017May 20th, 2017, 10:47 pm EDT
Nice fish but for it's size it surely didn't fight very well. Two minutes and it was in the net.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Mcflyangler on May 21, 2017May 21st, 2017, 1:13 pm EDT
It was much longer than 2 minutes Branch... I did some editing to keep the video short...
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Mcflyangler on May 21, 2017May 21st, 2017, 1:14 pm EDT
I release all my good fish and most fish in general. I think once or twice a year I will keep a trout, but its usually in a stocked pond that is stocked just for people to keep them. I wouldn't never dream of taking a fish that sized out of such a small fishery. LOL
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