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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.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
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 RegionNorth east Ohio
Specific LocationSections of Conneaut Creek & Ashtabula River
Dates FishedApril 22 - 25
Time of DayHalf a day 4/22 & 4/25, all day 4/23 & 4/24
Fish CaughtSteelhead, dropbacks and prespawn hens
Conditions & HatchesIdeal flow - a bit off color 4/22, rest of trip perfect greenish color with about 18" visibility. Egg Hatch and lots of emerald shiners in the stream.

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Wbranch
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Apr 29, 2019April 29th, 2019, 2:33 pm EDT
My buddy from NJ and I weny up last Monday, April 22, we fished half a day Monday and Thursday and 8 - 9 hours Tuesday and Wednesday. Nice weather, although very windy Tuesday, large numbers of dropback steelhead but also some pre-spawn fish. I hesitate to say how many we hooked because most will say "impossible". So I'll just say how we did fishing from 7 - noon on Thursday. I landed 14 and my buddy landed 17. All were between 22" & 25". Trout beads and an emerald shiner pattern fished dead drift and swinging were equally effective. I also caught three awesome smallmouth 17" - 19". Great trip and it will give me and my buddy something to think about until we get back in October.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Martinlf
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Palmyra PA

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Martinlf on Apr 29, 2019April 29th, 2019, 3:37 pm EDT
Some good looking fish there, Matt!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Partsman
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bancroft michigan

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Partsman on Apr 29, 2019April 29th, 2019, 11:23 pm EDT
Love chrome!

Mike.

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