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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.

Lateral view of a Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
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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Wheel
MA

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Wheel on Jun 17, 2019June 17th, 2019, 3:48 pm EDT
Spool keeps coming off reel with the old reel, but I am hoping to salvage it.Can u tell me how to tighten up the mechanism? TY
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RleeP
NW PA - Pennsylvania's Glacial Pothole Wonderland

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RleeP on Jun 26, 2019June 26th, 2019, 6:44 am EDT
Is this the old 70's/80's vintage Crown? If so, it is a really simple reel that not a whole lot can go wrong with. When you put the spool back on, are you getting the click when the spool seats itself on the shaft? If not, the spool is going to come off pretty much every time you tip the reel upside down. If it isn't seating, take a small screwdriver and open the click mechanism on the spool face. Clean it out real good with a solvent, put some regular reel oil on it and put it back together. See if this works. You might have some grit or grunge that is keeping the thing from allowing the spool to seat. If this doesn't work the thing might be shot and its time to get another reel. The Crown was a good, basic reel. I've been using mine as a backup reel for my smallmouth outfit for over 20 years without problem. Good Luck!

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