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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 Skwala (Perlodidae) (Large Springfly) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This Skwala nymph still has a couple months left to go before hatching, but it's still a good representative of its species, which was extremely abundant in my sample for a stonefly of this size. It's obvious why the Yakima is known for its Skwala hatch.
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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Tampa, Florida

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BobbyHead on Jul 25, 2018July 25th, 2018, 12:33 am EDT
Newbie here. I'm glad to have found this great online fly fishing community. I joined up in the hopes of learning a thing or two from the more experienced members here. Whenever I'm taking a break from this particular interest, I'm usually found at home, watching my Pomeranian relax in one of his dog beds and watching TV with the wife and kids. Such a simple, yet, happy life. Cheers, fellas!
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East Tn

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Flyguide1 on Jul 25, 2018July 25th, 2018, 3:37 am EDT
I am also new here but hello from east tn!
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Jul 25, 2018July 25th, 2018, 3:44 am EDT
Greetings to all "newbies", welcome! We like fish pics, as you can see from some of the latest posts. Feel free to show off your fishing exploits to us, especially if it involves travel. And tight lines!

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

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Wbranch on Jul 25, 2018July 25th, 2018, 12:54 pm EDT
Hello Bobby,

Welcome to Troutnut.com there are some very learned formal entomologists who frequent this forum. Besides the real bug guys there are a bunch of not so formal bug guys who probably have enough fly fishing knowledge to get you very well informed. I have been fly fishing for fifty-five (55) years and am still learning various nuances of the game. I'm quite sure all of the formal bug guys also enjoy fly fishing too.

So if you have any questions you can just post them publicly or shoot me a PM and I'll do my best to answer it.

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Jul 27, 2018July 27th, 2018, 7:42 am EDT
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Tampa, Florida

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BobbyHead on Jul 29, 2018July 29th, 2018, 10:46 pm EDT
Thank you very much, everyone! Thank you all for the warm welcome!

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