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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 Male Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This dun emerged from a mature nymph on my desk. Unfortunately its wings didn't perfectly dry out.
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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From a trout stream...or a coral reef?
Do they really make a fish more colorful than this?
Tight little brookie waters, no problem having this all to myself!
Colt's-foot blooming next to another little brookie stream
LOOK AT ME, I'M AWESOME!!!  (Out my front door)
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Apr 29, 2020April 29th, 2020, 5:45 am EDT
Well, with the drop in traffic due to the Plague, and a new location riddled with little brookie creeks buried in the brush, I fished the opening day of Michigan's regular trout season, with success! They sure weren't big, but the colors were comparable with some of the saltwater fish I caught in Florida!! Quality, not quantity...two brought to hand and a third took a nip at my #10 POG Bugger, an early-season performer that has worked well in the past. Trust me, I got my exercise in on this little fishing trip!

Tight lines to those going out soon! Threw in a couple more pics of spring things, including monster turkeys which frequently cross my front lawn...

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

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Partsman on Apr 29, 2020April 29th, 2020, 12:53 pm EDT
Pretty fish, and nice bird. I went yesterday, one brown and couple little brookies. Water was very low although that changed overnight. All so discovered a leak in my waders, I took a pretty bad fall in early march tripped over a rock so maybe that's when I did it. Hopefully water levels get back to a more fishable flow soon.
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Martinlf on Apr 29, 2020April 29th, 2020, 2:49 pm EDT
Beautiful! Thanks for posting. I'm thinking about hitting a little brookie stream soon myself.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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