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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 Ephemerella mucronata (Ephemerellidae) Mayfly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This is an interesting one. Following the keys in Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019) and Jacobus et al. (2014), it keys clearly to Ephemerella. Jacobus et al provide a key to species, but some of the characteristics are tricky to interpret without illustrations. If I didn't make any mistakes, this one keys to Ephemerella mucronata, which has not previously been reported any closer to here than Montana and Alberta. The main character seems to fit well: "Abdominal terga with prominent, paired, subparallel, spiculate ridges." Several illustrations or descriptions of this holarctic species from the US and Europe seem to match, including the body length, tarsal claws and denticles, labial palp, and gill shapes. These sources include including Richard Allen's original description of this species in North America under the now-defunct name E. moffatae in Allen RK (1977) and the figures in this description of the species in Italy.
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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Konchu on Dec 12, 2017December 12th, 2017, 12:51 am EST
I thought this article might be of interest.

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Roguerat on Dec 12, 2017December 12th, 2017, 1:23 am EST
This is an interesting, and enlightening, article. Thanks for bringing it to attention!

I was not aware of the 31% segment of fly fishers being female, or how quickly this is increasing.

My backpacking daughter has brought up some of the points noted in this article such as safety and being dismissed as 'just a girl who wants to hike' behaviors from shops.

I've mentioned in previous posts that 3 of my 4 daughters fish with me whenever possible...and they can cast, mend, read water, and match the hatch with growing confidence. I consider them fly fishers first, not females who happen to fly fish.


'Less is more...'

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Jmd123 on Dec 12, 2017December 12th, 2017, 10:15 am EST
I've taught two women to fly-fish myself: my ex-wife (bought her an outfit for Christmas one year) and, well, the woman I left her for...no, you're not going to hear the rest of that story! After I got him into it, my buddy Zach at first found his wife uninterested, then one day he was just nailing them and his wife was like, "Now what exactly are you doing here?" Now she has her own set-up...My buddy Todd is always sending me pictures of his beautiful daughter holding large salmonids up for the camera. I've thought about getting my daughter a Tenkara rod since she is such a "Japanophile" (she didn't care about anything in Cabelas' gun room until I said, "Hey, here's a Japanese Arisaka from World War Two." "Really? Let me see!").

"...just a girl who wants to hike..." WHAT'S WRONG WITH THAT?? She can get herself some 4-pieces. Screw those with the chauvinistic attitude! Girls/women can do anything the guys/men can do, sometimes better. I mean, heaven forbid a woman outfishes one of these guys, his fragile male ego might develop hairline cracks or something. REAL MEN are NOT intimidated by a woman who knows how to work a fly rod, they DATE THEM! Still looking for one up here in Oscoda though...


P.S. As I always say, if a girl outishes me, then there'll no argument the next time I want to go fishing!
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Deaddrift56 on Feb 23, 2018February 23rd, 2018, 6:02 am EST
How many people in the LGBT community fly fish? That's what I want to know.

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PaulRoberts on Feb 26, 2018February 26th, 2018, 12:55 am EST
I'm in CO and FF has taken off amongst women. At first I noticed all female FF clubs on stream. Now there are many female FFers alone or more often in pairs. Really great to see. They are now working in the fly shops, have real expertise, and are comfortable sharing it.

Back when I was teaching FFing I really enjoyed teaching the women. I was involved in, or ran my own, "Women's FF Camps". They were separate from men's camps because the social space was different. The male camps were more aggressively success oriented, and there was often a competitive thread going on. Everyone wasn't like that, but that energy always found its way in to the mix. Also, in the male camps, there was always damage to cabins and some stealing.

The female camps were blissful by comparison. One thing I noticed, and appreciated, was that the women were more outwardly thoughtful and appreciative of the aesthetic of being in nature, on a river, and tying and casting a fly. Or, at least that theme was more prominant.

Reminds me of the debates about getting more females into science, back then. Girls were taking a back seat to the boys in mixed groups, not stepping up to leadership or ownership space.

Cultures change and although I'm not directly involved anymore, it appears the women are finding their way into participatory and leadership positions in many fields. In fact, some statistics on navigating the academic and professional worlds, esp in periods of great structural change, are showing that women are actually more successful at navigating change than men. My experiences in introducing FF to women has me not surprised in the current trends in the least.

As far as LGBT goes, the groups of people that don't fit the biological norms were always a fearful and therefore silent minority. I guess my take follows Doc Watson's comment, "I don't care if you have green skin and wear a bone in your nose; If you can fiddle, you're OK by me."

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