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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 Zapada cinctipes (Nemouridae) (Tiny Winter Black) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Nymphs of this species were fairly common in late-winter kick net samples from the upper Yakima River. Although I could not find a key to species of Zapada nymphs, a revision of the Nemouridae family by Baumann (1975) includes the following helpful sentence: "2 cervical gills on each side of midline, 1 arising inside and 1 outside of lateral cervical sclerites, usually single and elongate, sometimes constricted but with 3 or 4 branches arising beyond gill base in Zapada cinctipes." This specimen clearly has the branches and is within the range of that species.
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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Martinlf has attached these 8 pictures to this report. The message is below.
Floating for smallies
Nymphing a riffle
Pretty brown Marv caught nymphing
One of my browns
Another brown on a nymph
A pretty smallie
Smallmouth on a fluke.
Another smallie

Report at a Glance

General RegionCentral Pennsylvania
Dates FishedJuly 12-July 15
Time of DayMorning to Night, with breaks
Fish CaughtBrowns, Bows, and Smallmouth
Conditions & HatchesMostly sunny. No significant hatches

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Martinlf
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Martinlf on Jul 20, 2019July 20th, 2019, 1:11 am EDT
My nephew Marvin came to Pennsylvania this year, mainly to fish for smallmouth. But high water kept trout streams viable, so we fished a couple of them. We used both fly rods and conventional gear, catching fish on streamers, poppers, nymphs, flukes, and swimbaits. It's always good fishing with Marvin, and he carries a camera, so we get a few photos.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Oldredbarn on Jul 20, 2019July 20th, 2019, 2:51 am EDT
Louis. That last one looks full of crayfish!

Nice tradition you two have going on. It’s been fun sharing it with you two over the years.

Good stuff! 👍

Spence
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
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Partsman on Jul 21, 2019July 21st, 2019, 11:57 am EDT
Great pictures, you guys now how to do it right!
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Martinlf on Jul 30, 2019July 30th, 2019, 10:00 am EDT
Thanks, guys. We had a great time. I'm probably off to Oregon again next year.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Jmd123 on Jul 31, 2019July 31st, 2019, 6:37 am EDT
FAT BOYS!!! Well done, Louis! Yep, as in my latest post, these trips with family and/or friends are always special. Especially when nice fish are caught! We didn't score big on my latest visit with the boys but we sure did see some pretty territory, which needs further exploration on my part...but you guys did great, some hard-bent rods there!


Thanks for sharing your latest adventure and of course tight lines and dancing flies on your next outing!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Martinlf
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Martinlf on Feb 22, 2021February 22nd, 2021, 5:54 am EST
Trout and bass for Grayson.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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