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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 Onocosmoecus (Limnephilidae) (Great Late-Summer Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen keys pretty easily to Onocosmoecus, and it closely resembles a specimen from Alaska which caddis expert Dave Ruiter recognized as this genus. As with that specimen, the only species in the genus documented in this area is Onocosmoecus unicolor, but Dave suggested for that specimen that there might be multiple not-yet-distinguished species under the unicolor umbrella and it would be best to stick with the genus-level ID. I'm doing the same for this one.
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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Craveman1
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Craveman1 on Feb 26, 2020February 26th, 2020, 7:38 am EST
Hi I was wondering if this is a line someone recognizes? It was in my storage and don't remember what it is. It says Orvis WF - 7 - F But it has alternating colors of cream and black near the loop? Is that the end closest to the backing? The rest of the line is solid cream color. Thanks for any help.
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Martinlf on Feb 26, 2020February 26th, 2020, 2:07 pm EST
If it only has one loop, that may be the end farthest from the backing. But I'd call Orvis to get a sure answer.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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