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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 Amphizoa (Amphizoidae) Beetle Larva from Sears Creek in Washington
This is the first of it's family I've seen, collected from a tiny, fishless stream in the Cascades. The three species of this genus all live in the Northwest and are predators that primarily eat stonefly nymphs Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019).
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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Wbranch has attached these 2 pictures to this report. The message is below.

Report at a Glance

General RegionAbove the Route 305 bridge
Specific LocationRR Trestle near dairy farm
Dates FishedMay 22 - 24
Time of Day7:30 - 1:30 & 5:00 - 8:30
Fish Caught5/22 - 5/24 dozens of little 5"- 8" browns
Conditions & HatchesMostly caddis, some Sulfurs, and a few #18 Baetis.

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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on May 27, 2017May 27th, 2017, 9:13 am EDT
Arrived at the RR trestle above the 305 bridge at 7:30 a.m. Fish were rising well to emerging caddis. I don't know this river and water very well at all. It is only my 3rd trip after living in PA for 32 years!

I caught a bunch, maybe 20, little browns from 6" - 10". They look wild but as I said I don't know diddly about that stream.

I was getting bored with all the little fish and finally saw a very respectable rise form. I covered the fish twice and it ate the #18 CDC wing Baetis really well. It fought very strongly and ran about 60' of line out. It was very stubborn and when I slipped it into the net I was really surprised, and elated, at how big it was. I waded over close to shore and was able to put a tape on it and it measured 19".
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Plano, TX

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Taxon on May 27, 2017May 27th, 2017, 10:04 am EDT
Very nice, Matt. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
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bancroft michigan

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Partsman on May 27, 2017May 27th, 2017, 10:45 am EDT
Matt, beautiful fish, thanks for sharing the photo. I have had nothing but problems with cell phones and computers, along with a hernia and knee surgery since Janurary. I'm fed up with the cell phone, takes great pics, that whats its known for. But over quality sucks, second phone in 4 months, and I still cant figure out how to get pics here! The only good thing I have going on today is my gloomis nrx 5 wt. arrived today, lawn casting its awesome! But we shall see about the real thing soon I hope.

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