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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 Sweltsa (Chloroperlidae) (Sallfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This species was fairly abundant in a February sample of the upper Yakima.
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 RegionPennsylvania
Specific LocationGuess
Dates FishedMay 25
Time of DayDark thirty
Fish CaughtBrowns and Bows
Conditions & HatchesGreen Drakes

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Martinlf
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Jun 10, 2017June 10th, 2017, 1:52 am EDT
Joined my buddy and best photographer Juraj to fish the Drake. Awesome bug.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
David82nd
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Upstate,New York

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David82nd on Jun 10, 2017June 10th, 2017, 1:55 am EDT
Nice fish.
Partsman
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bancroft michigan

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Partsman on Jun 10, 2017June 10th, 2017, 11:49 am EDT
Wow! Martin, that is one awesome fish. That is what I'm talk about for fishing after dark. The hex will be starting soon here, but last Tuesday I fished all day and into the night. There was a awesome hatch/spinner fall as all the light left. There were fish rising all over the river, but I had a really hard time keeping up with my fly. It still was just a cool day, and night.
Mike.
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Troutnut on Jun 10, 2017June 10th, 2017, 8:48 pm EDT
Nice brown!
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
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Jmd123 on Jun 11, 2017June 11th, 2017, 10:51 am EDT
Mike, where were you? I was at Sage Lake Road that evening. Not much hatching, some caddis here and there, but plenty of action on the surface. And yes, with the hot weather, the Hex is nigh! Brown drakes too, and even Light Cahills aren't far off now. Match the hatch!!

Nice fishie there, Louis. Keep prowling the night, that time of the season is upon us.

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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