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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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Martinlf on Nov 26, 2019November 26th, 2019, 1:00 pm EST
Happy Thanksgiving Troutnuts! I'm thankful for many years of sharing ideas and friendship, and hope your holiday is a good one.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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bancroft michigan

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Partsman on Nov 26, 2019November 26th, 2019, 11:56 pm EST
Same to you, and heres to many more years!
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Jmd123 on Nov 27, 2019November 27th, 2019, 6:08 am EST
Well, today is my 56th birthday and I got yet another nice chunk of my Mom's inheritance (R.I.P., my first fishing buddy), so in addition to many other thanks, I have that to be thankful for!! New fly rods on the way, somehow found myself with 3, count 'em, three, 7-weight lines and no 7-weight rods…???

In addition, of course, also to be thankful for:
My daughter Jasmina
My sister and brother-in-law
All of my other family, living and not
My big fat kitty-cat Leo!!
All of my wonderful, generous friends
My great boss and coworkers
Brook, brown, and rainbow trout
Bluegill and other sunfish
Large- and smallmouth bass
Trees and other plant life
Everything else beautiful and fascinating in nature
Cheap used books!!!
The starry sky at night
Basil pesto
The invention of fly fishing
& my fellow Troutnuts.

Did I leave anything out? HAPPY TURKEY DAY TO ALL TROUTNUTS!!!

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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New Mexico

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Red_green_h on Nov 28, 2019November 28th, 2019, 10:49 am EST
I worked all day today. I'm thankful for a job. I'm thankful for a couple nuts out there to answer my rookie questions. I'm thankful for the ones I caught and the ones that got away. I'm thankful for sons and daughters to take fishing and a wife who values this type of bonding time.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!
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Strmanglr on Nov 30, 2019November 30th, 2019, 6:52 am EST
Being thankful everyday keeps things in perspective. I am thankful for everyone in my life including all of you here. I'm not here much but I appreciate all of you. It's another place to go and talk about a passion and get support for that passion. When we share inspiration and passion it helps everyone grow.

Thank you Troutnut and friends.

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