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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 Limnephilidae (Giant Sedges) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen resembled several others of around the same size and perhaps the same species, which were pretty common in my February sample from the upper Yakima. Unfortunately, I misplaced the specimen before I could get it under a microscope for a definitive ID.
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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Bag-o'-plants for tomorrow's botany exams
Blue vervain (Verbena hastata) and harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) and spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)
Couldn't ask for a nicer evening in July - looking up the feeder creek to [REDACTED] Pond for brookies
Success!  Hit a #10 cricket as it was getting dark
The night's biggest - hard to get these fish to sit still for a photo!
Venus and the Moon guiding me back to the launch
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Jmd123 on Jul 18, 2018July 18th, 2018, 3:10 pm EDT
Well, I actually had an "official" reason for fishing where I was this evening - it was a place where I took my class on a field trip. So, I went there to collect plant specimens for tomorrow's botany exams - royal fern, swamp milkweed, spreading dogbane, blue vervain, harebell...and since it was just a lovely evening, I brought the kayak and fished after my collecting. The surface waters were very warm, so I headed up into the feeder creek where most of the springs are, but it was kinda warm too. The brookies sit right on the bottom in the cold layer, sometimes right in the springs themselves, but will blast a dry fly off the top when they are in the mood. Not many tonight, but the five I got were nice and feisty, not at all sluggish and bent the 3-weight over good. Hoppers and crickets in size 10 were the ticket, twitched on the surface until they can't stand it. The deerflies even left me alone, but once it got dark the mosquitos got in my face and wouldn't leave. Nevertheless, a wonderful evening, concluded with a beautiful crescent Moon and the planets Venus and Jupiter.

Missions accomplished!! Even got to go take a walk on the beach today to collect plants for my exams - yes, both classes have been to the beach! I know, I have a rough life...

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

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Partsman on Jul 19, 2018July 19th, 2018, 12:11 pm EDT
Jonathon, thanks for the great pics, your students are very fortunate to have you as there teacher! When I was in high school at flint southwestern I had a teacher who would take students up to his place near gladwin, Mr. Rickey or Ranger Rickey as he was know at that time was one of coolest teachers I had back then, were talking 1975, and he had a huge impact on my life.

Mike.
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New York

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PeterCO on Jul 19, 2018July 19th, 2018, 10:06 pm EDT
Your photos inspire. On this weekend, my brother and I will go fishing on a boat. I have been fond of it for a long time. Our dad was an avid angler and taught us.

Here is my last catch

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