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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.

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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By Troutnut on July 9th, 2019
On the last day of this year's Montana trip, I had a fun visit in the morning with Pat Clayton from Fish Eye Guy Photography, who I think it's safe to call the best trout photographer in the world. He recently opened a brick-and-mortar gallery in Philipsburg showcasing some of the best of his must-see work. I didn't take any pictures there (taking pictures of pictures would seem odd), but check out his website if you haven't seen it.

I did snap a quick photo of the Columbia River from a particularly scenic spot on the long drive home to the Seattle area.

Photos by Troutnut from the Columbia River in Washington

When driving home through eastern Washington we always like to stop at this overlook of the Columbia in the high desert.

From the Columbia River in Washington

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